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US lawmakers to vote on space warrior force

This file photo shows a NASA image obtained January 17, 2017, of a crescent Jupiter. (AFP)

For years the concept of intergalactic warriors was something of fiction, but the Americans have just approved plans to take something previously in “War of the Worlds” or a “James Bond” movie and turned it into a potential fact.
A Congressional committee has proposed that the US armed forces create a new military branch.
The mission to send combat forces - the United States Space Corps ¬- into space to save the world from potential star wars has been earmarked for 2019.
The funding for the project falls under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which has been handed to the full House for a vote.
The vote and the budget is nothing new, but it is the first time since 1947 that a new military branch will have been proposed and potentially approved, the last being the Air Force in 1947.
The proposals for the Space Corps’ official duties include “providing combat-ready space forces that enable the commanders of the combatant commands to fight and win wars.”
The Space Corps would fall under the Air Force, but would have its own command, the chief of staff of the Space Corps, a presidential appointee with a six-year term.
It is not guaranteed the Space Corp will become a reality and given the apparent lack of an extraterrestrial threat, there may be those who decide highly trained forces are of more use on the ground.

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