Space Force: Trump Wants A
'space-based missile defense layer'
Steve Carell & Netflix Beat Him To It
President Donald Trump’s proposed space force may debut on Netflix before it actually makes it into space.
By Ray Cunneff
January 17, 2019
As he unveiled a revamped missile defense plan at the Pentagon today, President Donald Trump said that the United States is prepared to make use of space as a potential battleground. "My upcoming budget will invest in a space-based missile defense layer," Trump announced, and it is "ultimately going to be a very, very big part of our defense – and, obviously, of our offense."
The Trump White House directed the Pentagon to create a Space Command in December, which was proclaimed as a "significant step toward the administration's ultimate goal of establishing a department known as the Space Force that would become the first new branch of the Armed Services since the Air Force was created in 1947."
With neither budget nor details, and in violation of international treaties barring the militarization of space, Trump again talked of developing a "space force" as a new branch of the military, saying that "we will recognize that space is a new war fighting domain with the space force leading the way."
But while Trump's star wars plans remain largely imaginary, it was also announced yesterday that comic-actor Steve Carell will be starring in an upcoming Netflix series about the new Space Force that's being described as a "workplace comedy."
According to Variety, Carell has re-teamed with his former "The Office" producer Greg Daniels for the new series, which was teased in a short "coming soon" video from Netflix released Wednesday.
The promo announced: "The goal of the new branch is 'to defend satellites from attack' and 'perform other space-related tasks. ...Or something."
It added: "This is the story of the men and women who have to figure it out."
Carell, it turns out, has some recent experience with such material...