It turns out that Space Force servicemen’s title “guardians” is not related to the famous film from the Marvel Universe and (surprise, surprise) its troops are not actually fighting pesky aliens in outer space.
The creation of the Space Force, a new branch of the US military, was far from smooth PR-wise – the initiative, announced by President Donald Trump, was heavily mocked by his many haters, and a recent gaffe by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not help the situation either. And so the chief of the new military branch, General John W. Raymond, agreed to clarify how important the Space Force is and what role it plays.
Speaking on The New York Times’ “Sway” podcast, Raymond named the key tasks that his force deals with: building, launching, and operating numerous US satellites, with the most famous of them being the Global Positioning System satellites. These are responsible for GPS navigation, but they are not the only ones that are important, according to the Space Force chief.
The American general said that the importance of space to the US is well-known by its adversaries, who, Raymond claims, are keen to use it to their advantage. Thus the new military branch has an additional role – the protection of these satellites. Raymond claims that potential US adversaries like Russia and China have developed a whole array of means to take American satellites out of commission, starting with the…