BLASTING OFFAfter reading your first editorial and letter in the December 2018 edition of Air Force Magazine [“The Air—and Space—Force We Need,” p. 2, and “From the Editor in Chief,” p. 3], I am wondering if you have had a chance to check in with most of your front-line Air Force Association members yet.
As a retired Air Force officer who spent her entire career in military space, and particularly space acquisition, I disagree with your and AFA’s position on the lack of a need for a separate Space Force. As a result, I would like to cancel my life membership in the Air Force Association.
Even though the Deputy SECDEF cites Space as a warfighting domain in his report to Congress on Aug. 9, 2018, as per the US Air Force, the first Space War was actually fought in 1991 during Desert Storm. For those who think that the USAF has “got” the Space mission, and hence, no separate Space entity is actually required, there are decades of USAF personnel mismanagement examples since 1991 that demonstrate otherwise.
Here are some questions the Air Force Association (and Congress) may actually want to ask the USAF:
Space personnel in today’s US Air Force remain second-class citizens, and I expect AFA to be more forward-thinking and forward-leaning than the US Army was during the creation of a separate Air Force.
If the US wants Space to be on equal footing with the rest of the warfighting domains, plus ensure seamless integration of these various domains in the future, the time for a separate Space entity is now.
Nancy R. Insprucker
Manhattan Beach, Calif.
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