Bush's Civilian Reserve Corps:
In the SOTU
, Bush said this:
A second task we can take on together is to design and establish a volunteer Civilian Reserve Corps. Such a corps would function much like our military reserve. It would ease the burden on the Armed Forces by allowing us to hire civilians with critical skills to serve on missions abroad when America needs them. It would give people across America who do not wear the uniform a chance to serve in the defining struggle of our time.
Checking the reports on the speech, all they have is a repeat of Bush's words, with no further elaboration.
But what is this Civilian Reserve Corps that Bush proposes, and how is would it be different from, say, the National Guard or the Army Reserve?
Im thinking this is their idea to replace the contractors. Why pay a truck driver 100k$ a year when someone from the civilian reserve will do it fo 20k$.
"how would it be different from, say, the National Guard or the Army Reserve?"
The National Guard and Army Reserve receive training and benefits.
Actually, the "Mars, Bitches" program to militarize space ... um ... of peaceful exploration has already caused tremendous damage to the real work of exploring the planets. JPL can do much more exploration at a much lower cost than anything the human space flight arms can do. But Mars rovers don't give us military superiority in the high frontier.
The money has been moved. JPL is getting screwed, and NASA's budget is being used to build space craft that will be useful to the military.