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    Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Let's say space travel becomes common place, enough so that we're able to militarize it. What branch, including ranks, should it be based on - the Navy, the Air Force, or something else?

    Most speculative fiction about space militaries have such a force be based on the navy. However, space seems to be the natural territory of the air force. So which should it be?

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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    I think the Navy has more experience with distance-traveling vessels with multiple personnel, and the protocols for them. When you think about it, space travel would be very similar to being on a nuclear submarine.

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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Let's say space travel becomes common place, enough so that we're able to militarize it. What branch, including ranks, should it be based on - the Navy, the Air Force, or something else?

    Most speculative fiction about space militaries have such a force be based on the navy. However, space seems to be the natural territory of the air force. So which should it be?
    It's debatable really. The Navy is a smart choice because the command structure of a large spaceship would probably work like a Navy ship, so it would be the smart choice, but some Science Fiction stories do go with Air Force, like Stargate SG-1.
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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    I think it's far more likely that we would simply create a new branch of the military.
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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    There's no air in space, so it'll have to be the Navy.
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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    I think it's far more likely that we would simply create a new branch of the military.

    Probably yes... but the question is whether it would be based more on the Navy, in terms of structure, organization and rank, or the Air force. Unless you think it will be entirely unique in that regard? Perhaps... but why reinvent the wheel when you have a working model, like the nuke-sub analogy.

    At the moment, our spacecraft are small, with small crews. As long as that remains the case, the Air force model will do. If/when we get to the point of having crews numbering more than 10 or 20, I think the naval model would likely work better. It will depend on several things that are hard to predict.

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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    It depends.

    Are you thinking of large ships with tens or hundreds (even thousands) of crewmembers?

    Then the Navy has the most experience with such things, and drawing on that experience would be a good idea.

    If you are thinking of small, perhaps at most 15 person ships, then the Air Force might have better methods in some respects.

    More likely, any space military would pull expertise from all military branches, depending on what needed done.
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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Are we assuming that the american military militarizes space? I always wondered whether or not there wouldn't have been cooperation by the point space could be militarized.

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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    The question is moot really. Last I knew NASA was under Airforce jurisdiction. So it would probably stay the same.
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    Re: Space military branch - Navy or Air Force?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    There's no air in space, so it'll have to be the Navy.
    There's no water in space either. :-P

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