White House Spokeswoman Doesn’t Know, So What is the US Space Force?

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The Unites States Space Force (USSF) may sound like a solution in search of a problem, and has come in for much lampoonery. But it manages several small yet important operations hived off from the US Air Force and the Strategic Command.

US President Joe Biden’s mouthpiece put her foot in it when she mocked the US Space Force, but is it more than just a Star Wars science fiction boondoggle?

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki surprised few pundits on Tuesday when she was unable to answer a journalist’s question on whether the new administration would keep the separate military arm founded under Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump.

Psaki finally came back with the answer on Wednesday, saying USSF personnel “absolutely have the full support of the Biden administration” which had no plans to abolished it — and anyway, that would be up to Congress. 

But the USSF’s commander Chief of Space Operations General Jay Raymond was also kind of vague on what his command actually does when trying to explain it to a journalist on Wednesday.

Raymond admitted he had trouble explaining what he does to his own mother recently after she saw a TV report on the force. “I’m like, ‘Mom, that’s kind of what I do!’ It’s just hard to understand,” he said.

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