What You Should Know About The Space Force (And How to Profit)

Written by Jason Simpkins
Posted March 8, 2019

Last Tuesday, President Trump signed a new policy directive that laid out his long-promised plans for a U.S. Space Force.

A day later, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan submitted a legislative proposal to Congress, requesting the authority and funds to establish the new military service.

It’s now up to the legislative branch to authorize it, which it should…

I know a lot of people mocked the idea at the outset.

The concepts of routine space missions and moon bases have always been fantastical. They’re what you see in science fiction movies that take place in the distant future.

But the truth is, those things are much, much closer than you think. There’s also a more immediate threat posed to our satellites.

Russia and China, in particular, have developed new weapons specifically intended to target our space assets — namely our satellites.

In a report issued last month, the Defense Intelligence Agency said both countries threaten the United States’ preeminent position, including lasers that could target and destroy our satellites.

"China and Russia, in particular, are developing a variety of means to exploit perceived US reliance on space-based systems and challenge the US position in space," the report noted.

Russia is developing an airborne anti-satellite laser weapon system to use against space-based missile defense sensors, the report said. It's also building inspector, or “kamikaze,” satellites that can be programmed to slam into and disable our satellites.

In November, Russia said it launched three classified communications satellites into orbit, along with the upper stage of the rocket that put them there. But according to the U.S. military's Combined Space Operations Center, a fifth object, possibly another, unannounced satellite, piggy-backed on the launch.

Meanwhile, the Chinese military has operational ground-based anti-satellite missiles intended to target low-Earth orbit satellites. And it’s formed military units that are already training with the weapons.

This is a big deal.

Our military is hugely reliant on satellites. They provide reconnaissance and communication, and can detect missile launches.

Satellite Count By Country

They’re also vital to the functioning of our society. Without satellites, there’s no Internet and no cell phone service. Financial transactions — credit cards, stock, bond, and commodities trades, and ATMs — would fail. Electricity, water, and gas supplies would be disrupted.

This is what led Rep. Mike Rogers, who was chairman of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee before the Democrats took over, to proclaim:

"The situation we are in as a nation, the vulnerabilities we have to China and Russia, I'd like for the American public to know more, [but] I can't because I don't want to go to jail for leaking classified info. But we're in a really bad situation."

"The future of war will be fought in space," he concluded, and “we need to dedicate a separate force solely with a space mission."

This isn’t just a defensive measure, either.

You have to understand that our adversaries are also challenging American dominance on the moon and Mars.

As it stands now, we’re the only country to have put men on the face of the moon. But it won’t stay that way forever.

Earlier this year, China landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon — a historic first. It wants to put astronauts on there, too. The mere thought of that proposition has NASA scrambling to try and protect the U.S. lunar landing site, and government artifacts left over from the Apollo missions.

The agency is also racing to stake out areas rich in water-ice — an extremely valuable lunar commodity.

China has designs on Mars, too. It intends to send a rover there next year, with a manned mission to follow just a few years after that.

But again, this isn’t just a job for NASA.

There’s much more than that at stake.

Among other things, the Space Force will be responsible for:

  • Surveillance and Reconnaissance: The Space Force would be the ultimate “eye in the sky,” giving unmatched insight into positions of enemies as well as allies.
  • Logistics: The Space Force should be able to deliver ordnance, vehicles, supplies, and personnel at speed to any area of operations using “high-load thruster-powered” rockets and other space carriers.
  • Orbital Strikes: Engaging an enemy from orbit with solar and laser cannons mounted on special satellites and installations.
  • Trade and Travel Routes: Like vital waterways, space passages will need to be kept open for high-speed, intercontinental, and interstellar travel.
  • Colonization: One of the main reasons that interest in space has grown is resources. The moon itself has gold, silver, titanium, and an isotope known as Helium-3 that could be used in nuclear fusion. And NASA estimates there’s $700 quintillion — that’s a 7 followed by 20 zeros — worth of gold, iron, and nickel in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. In the not-so-distant future, these celestial bodies could be mined. And, eventually, colonies could be established.

That’s why the establishment of a Space Force is so important.

We’re heading into a new era of competition and confrontation in space.

And that’s why my latest recommendation to my Wealth Warrior subscribers is a company that’s set to profit from all of this.

It makes jet propulsion systems that have powered more than 1,600 rocket launches since the inception of the U.S. space program — including the legendary Apollo missions.

Its space shuttle engines have launched crew and cargo into orbit 135 times with a flawless record of success. And its propulsion systems play a vital role in placing commercial, military, and government satellites into orbit.

That’s why I encourage you to check out my latest report. It’ll tell you everything you need to know about the 21st-century space race.

Fight on,

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Jason Simpkins is Assistant Managing Editor of the Outsider Club and Investment Director of Wall Street's Proving Ground, a financial advisory focused on security companies and defense contractors. For more on Jason, check out his editor's page. 

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