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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Our military needs to be updated, its the 21st century. We do NOT need separate divisions..One military is sufficient, not 4 or 5 or 6 ...

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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Assuming it were to happen the Air Force already has a Space Command. However more likely they would create a 5th military branch with a complete level and layer of bureaucracy.

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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Our military needs to be updated, its the 21st century. We do NOT need separate divisions..One military is sufficient, not 4 or 5 or 6 ...
    Each branch has it's own, specific mission. Intermingling them would make us less flexible in many ways.
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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Our military needs to be updated, its the 21st century. We do NOT need separate divisions..One military is sufficient, not 4 or 5 or 6 ...
    Really, we just need like one dude... 100m tall with lasers and firebreath. Or a Death Star.

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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Really, we just need like one dude... 100m tall with lasers and firebreath. Or a Death Star.
    Can I borrow your water pipe, and have some of your brownies?
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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    Each branch has it's own, specific mission. Intermingling them would make us less flexible in many ways.
    How so ?
    And, I'd think that the mission should all be the same..
    This idea involves cooperation - people working together as a team..
    We need less bureaucracy....

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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    There is no water nor air in space, but it still makes most sense for the Navy to be the model.

    When an Air Force pilot ejects, he can breathe and parachute to territory that (usually) can provide food and water until he's rescued. If a sailor dives off in sinking ship, he's in a hostile element. Maybe he can breathe, if he's not drowned first. He won't be able to eat, and he shouldn't drink the water if he doesn't want to die in misery. Essentially, without immediate rescue, the sailor will die. This proves the sea is a hostile element, just like a vacuum. The Navy knows how to operate in a hostile element and that's why the Navy should be in charge in space.

    Smaller vessels should also be under the Navy. They are little different from the aircraft operated from a carrier. Again, even small ships operating in vacuum operate in a hostile environment and the Navy is better at handling that.

    Troops operating from space ships should be handled by the Marines. They know best how to operate ship-to-ship and ship-to-surface.

    The Army can continue, but they'll just guard things that the Marines have already pacified, just like how we do it now.

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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    I say navy as well.

    They are the most capable at long distance travel over extended periods of time. A parallel can be drawn between a journey across the sea in the 15th century and a journey to a distant solar system at some unspecified time in the future. Maintaining a crew, discipline, supplies, navigation, etc... everything the Navy does now would translate well.

    The airforce could be the orbital defense type folks, who respond to emergencies with hitting power where relatively short distances are involved.

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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Our military needs to be updated, its the 21st century. We do NOT need separate divisions..One military is sufficient, not 4 or 5 or 6 ...

    Funny thing about that; when our nation was conceived, we did have one military, the Navy...
    That did not last long ; to be bureaucratic - the nature of man..

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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    How so ?
    And, I'd think that the mission should all be the same..
    This idea involves cooperation - people working together as a team..
    We need less bureaucracy....
    In the military it's not "bureaucracy", it's a chain of command, and they really aren't the same thing. Air power and the projection of air power is a far different subject than land power or sea power. Each has it's own unique challenges and optimal configurations. The Airforce doesn't need sub tenders and the Navy has little use for a C-5 Galaxy.


    I wouldn't want someone trained in aerial combat to start making decisions about naval tactics. Bad, bad idea.
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