The Air Force is currently preparing for a potential conflict…. in space!

A 2019 budget calls for “tremendous emphasis” on putting space as the new frontier of warfare. Does that mean we will finally be getting a Star Fleet, boldly going where no one has gone before?

Kind of.

Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein outlined his plan for space operations in a February 2017 op-ed. He also spoke at the Air Force Association’s air-warfare symposium in Florida, stressing that it is time “as a service, regardless of specialty badge, to embrace space superiority with the same passion and sense of ownership as we apply to air superiority today.”

Which means we aren’t necessary exploring space, but looking to conquer it.

With the increased advancement and availability of technology, space looks to be the new domain in enhancing national security. Obviously, fighting outside the protection of the Earth’s atmosphere would require new training and technologies.  Goldfein argues that space related combat training could be a necessity soon.

“I believe were are going to be fighting from space in a matter of years,” he said. “And we are the service that must lead joint war-fighting in this new contested domain. This is what the nation demands.”

The General is a proponent of “multi-domain operations,” the idea that future conflicts will include battlefields in the air, ground, sea, cyber, and space.

“We need to build a joint, smart space force and a space-smart joint force,” said Goldfien.

Did he just coin the term Space Force? It’s no Star Fleet, but close enough.