U.S. Space Force: maybe your world war isn’t in this world
Last month the U.S. Space Force (USSF) announced that the Secretary of the Air Force had selected Huntsville, Alabama as, in its words, the preferred location to host the headquarters of the first and to date only space force.
The USSF’s website contains the intriguing motto: Maybe your purpose on this planet isn’t on this planet.
It could function as a mini-psychological reality/orientation test or even an effective substitute for a urine drug screen. (Do you know the time? The date? Which planet you’re on?)
Rejecting assorted rival locations, including Cape Canaveral and sites in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas, USSF will establish its command at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville.
Not coincidentally, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency has moved almost all its personnel to the new Von Braun complex at Redstone Arsenal as well.
The Von Braun Complex Phase III occupies almost a million square feet and hosts the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command in addition to the Missile Defense Agency.
The center is of course named after Wernher von Braun, one of the main architects of Nazi Germany’s rocket and missile program, including the V-2 ( Vergeltungswaffe: Retribution Weapon 2) rocket, used against Belgium, France, the Netherlands and most notably Great Britain.
When World War II ended with Germany’s defeat von Braun was among an estimated 1,600 German scientists, engineers and technicians smuggled into the U.S. under the code name of Operation Paperclip. After arriving in the U.S. in 1945 he picked up where he had left off in Germany and worked on the American ballistic missile and, later, space programs.
In 1950 he and his team were transferred to the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, where he worked for twenty years. While there he was in charge of the U.S. Army’s rocket development project, which developed the eponymous Redstone rocket, employed for the first live nuclear ballistic missile tests conducted by the U.S.
The above are the antecedents of the current U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Space Force.
The Pentagon, which courtesy of Congress has been provided with $740 billion this year to do with what it chooses – that is, to wreak what damage it can – is the first to create a Missile Defense Agency, a Cyber Command and a Space Force. It is also unique in first developing and using nuclear weapons, as well as dividing the planet among eleven unified combatant commands and six naval fleets and creating and directing a permanent military bloc, NATO, with 70 members and partners of all inhabited parts of the globe..
Now not satisfied with the world, all the world, it’s enticing prospective soldiers into the heavens. A prospect foreseen by Lucian over eighteen hundred years ago.