You shouldn't need to have separate military branches just to achieve interchangeability. This is definately NOT the reason for having a separate Navy and Space Force.Jason_Ryock said:It also allows for greater mobility/customability. You can, for example, pull the entire Space Forces Wing out of a carrier and transfer it to a ground base or another carrier. The wing essentially operates as it's own unit, and the ship as another. While some of their duties and jobs might overlap, you can swap either of them frequently and not suffer the consequences.
One THE main focuses for the US military for the past 20 or so years has BEEN on working well together, and they have been quite successful. The JSF is just a shiny new toy.It's true that in WC we see a true merging of the services. This was forged really under wartime, after 30 years of war it was necessary for the services to become interdependent to survive. Since WWII only lasted 4 years, the US never got that chance.
Maybe it'll change with the new Joint Strike Fighter.
Executive Order 9877 said:Functions of the Terran Confederation Navy
The Terran Confederation Navy includes naval combat and ship service forces. It exists and is equipped primarily for forces in Space. The Navy is responsible for the preparation of naval forces need to provide a response in a time of war and in a time of peace.
The specific functions follow:
1. To organize, train and equip naval forces for:
a. Operations in space, including joint operations.
b. The control of vital space regions, the protection of jump transition points, and the suppresion of enemy naval forces.
c. The support of occupation forces as required.
d. The seizure of minor enemy shore positions capable of reduction by such landing forces as may be comprised within the fleet organization.
e. Naval reconnaissance, Naval intelligence, and protection of shipping.
f. The air transport necessary for essential internal administration and for air transport over routes of sole interest to naval forces where the requirements cannot be met by normal air transport facilities.
2. To develop weapons, tactics, technique, organization and equipment of naval combat and service elements, coordinating
with the other services in all aspects of joint concern, including those which pertain to amphibious operations.
3. To provide, as directed by proper authority, such missions and detachments for service in foreign countries as may
be required to support the national policies and interests of the United States.
4. To assist the other branches in the accomplishment of their missions, including the provision of common services and supplies as determined by proper authority.
Functions of the United States Air Force
The Terran Confederation Space Forces includes all military aviation forces,oth combat and service. It is organized, trained, and equipped primarily for prompt and sustained air offensive and defensive operations. The Space Forces is responsible for the preparation of the air forces necessary for the effective prosecution of war except as otherwise assigned.
The specific functions of the United States Air Force are:
1. To organize, train and equip air forces for:
a. Air/Space operations including joint operations.
b. Gaining and maintaining general air supremacy.
c. Establishing local air superiority where and as required.
d. The strategic air/space forces of the Terran Confederation and strategic air reconnaissance.
e. Air/Space lift and support for airborne operations.
f. Air/Space support to land forces and naval forces, including support of occupation forces.
g. Air/Space transport for the armed forces, except as provided by the Navy.
2. To develop weapons, tactics, technique, organization and equipment of Space Forces combat and service elements, coordinating with the other services on all aspects of joint concern, including those which pertain to amphibious and airborne operations.
3. To provide the means for coordination of air defense among all services.
4. To assist the other services in accomplishment of their missions, including the provision of common services and supplies as determined by proper authority.