Yes, we need one, or at least some entity dedicated to space. I don’t understand why they keep saying a “sixth branch of the armed services,” though. Are they calling the Coast Guard an “armed service”? I don’t think that’s right.
[Update a while later]
Only Nixon could go to China, and only Trump could go to space.
Not sure he’s being entirely serious.
[Update late Sunday evening]
OK, one more: How we can own the libs on space.
By the way, Jim Bennett’s analogy in comments is useful, and I did a Twitter thread on it.
People familiar with the history of the Air Force (i.e., not very many people, including most current enlistees of the Air Force), will understand this analogy of why we ultimately, if no immediately, need a space force. [thread]
— Rand Simberg (@Rand_Simberg) August 13, 2018
BTW, for those who corrected me legally in comments on whether or not the USCG is an armed service, my concern is that by lumping it in, it fails to make crucial distinctions. It’s certainly a uniformed service with an academy, but it is more intrinsically civilian.