Trailer: Netflix Comedy ‘Space Force’ Emulates a New Real-Life Branch of the US Military

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There is a saying that says that art illustrates life, and this could not be truer than in the case of the new Netflix comedy, Space Force, that is due to premiere on the streaming channel on the 29th May 2020.

This new comedy series, from the producers of The Office, stars Steve Carrell, who takes the part of U.S.A.F. General Mark R. Naird.

In the series, General Naird, who is a highly decorated fighter pilot, has dreams and aspirations of leading the U.S. Air Force.

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Instead, he is sent to head up an entirely new branch of the military, known as Space Force, which has responsibility for defense against threats in space.

In a teaser trailer that was released in 2019, the producers said that the show will feature a new branch of the military with the main characters trying to work out exactly what their jobs will entail and how to do them.

The trailer went on to explain that the new branch, in the Netflix television series, is to defend satellites from attack both from earth and space and to carry out any other space-related work.

The new show comes from the fertile brain on Greg Daniels and Steve Carrell. Alongside Carrell can be seen, Lisa Kudrow, John Malkovich, Jimmy O. Yang, Ben Schwartz, Noah Emmerich, Tawny Newsome, Don Lake, and Alex Sparrow.

The show is airing at a most opportune time as the U.S. military, in 2019, set up a new branch of the military to carry out the same mandate, but for real.

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Just before Christmas 2019, President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act for 202 into law. The act contained the authorization to establish the Space Force as its own independent arm of the military.

At the signing ceremony, President Trump said, “Space is the world’s newest warfighting domain. Amid grave threats to our national security, American superiority in space is absolutely vital.

And we’re leading, but we’re not leading by enough. But very shortly, we’ll be leading by a lot. The Space Force will help us deter aggression and control the ultimate high ground.”

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In December 2019, the website for the new branch was launched, telling the world that this new branch of the military has received funding in the Defence Budget for 2020.

Not only has the office been established, but it has also submitted its first wartime requests for the protection of critical satellites.

On the website, the mission of this new branch is to set up and maintain the defense of satellites, ensure the continuation and maintenance of communication via satellite for all military exercises on earth and ensure the preservation of satellites dedicated to the warning of incoming missiles.

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The blurb on the website says that as this new branch of the military takes shape during 2020, they will be conducting a primary recruiting drive, looking for bright minds in technology, science, engineering and aerospace to help make this branch of the military a reality and to meet its needs.

The website implores those interested in supporting it to make history, apply for the many positions available.

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Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE