Today’s Tidbits: February 2, 2018

Today’s Tidbits: February 2, 2018

Here are our tidbits for February 2, 2018:  Trump heralds early U.S. space achievements at Republican retreat; Gen. Hyten’s vision for USSTRATCOM. Be sure to check our website for feature stories and follow us on Twitter (@SpcPlcyOnline) for more news and live tweeting of events.

Trump Heralds Early Space Achievements at Republican Retreat

President Trump mentioning past U.S. space achievements during February 1, 2018 speech to Republican retreat. Screengrag from C-SPAN.

President Trump may not have said a word about the space program during his 80 minute State of the Union address, but there was a mention of past successes, if not future plans, in his remarks to the Republican retreat at The Greenbrier in West Virginia yesterday (February 1).

His remarks were carried by C-SPAN [].  At the very end he returns to his Make America Great Again theme and reminisces about past U.S. achievements.  Among them he lists building the Empire State Building, the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Panama Canal, and railroads and highways to connect the nation, as well as winning two World Wars and defeating fascism “and put satellites into space and planted our great American flag on the face of the Moon.”

He did not follow that up with any details about his own plans to return Americans to the Moon.  Apparently that will have to wait until the FY2019 budget is released, currently scheduled for February 12.

Hyten’s New Vision for USSTRATCOM

General John Hyten (USAF), Command of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), released his new “Vision and Intent” for the command [].   The succinct document says this about space:

We must normalize space and cyberspace as warfighting
domains. There is no war in space, just as there is no war in
cyberspace. There is only war, and war can extend into any
domain. To fight wars in these domains we must develop
the appropriate rules of engagement that allow for rapid
response and delegate authority to the appropriate level to
operate quicker and integrate better.

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