Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan nearly ripped a hole in the Space-Time Continuum on Thursday when he told reporters that the nominees to lead the Space Force would be announced soon.

"Travelling in Florida Thursday, Shanahan said that he already has nominees in mind for the top spots of the Space Force," as first reported by Aaron Mehta of Defense News.

Well, there are a couple of problems with that: First and foremost is that the service does not exist. (To be clear, the word "exist" applies to things that are real in the literal sense as opposed to goals, dreams, aspirations, and success in Afghanistan.)

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Beloved readers: Your trusted Pentagon correspondent apologizes for not sending out a Run-Down last week.There was a lot going on. In just four days, the Defense Department failed its first audit; a woman was selected for the Army’s Special Forces Qualification Course for the first time since 1981; and two Navy SEALs and two Marine Corps Special Operations Command Raiders were charged with murdering a Green Beret.

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Photo illustration by Brad Howard.

President Trump wants a new branch of the military to seek out new and new civilizations and boldly kill what no U.S. troops have killed before.

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Film Magic / Gabe Ginsberg; Marine Corps / Cpl. Samantha Braun.

Best known for his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Sir Patrick Stewart has found a kindred spirit in Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller.

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Film Magic / Gabe Ginsberg; Marine Corps / Cpl. Samantha Braun.

Von Clausewitz. Sun Tzu. Gene Roddenberry?

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Air Force / Staff Sgt. C. Todd Lopez.

Space may be the final frontier, but it also provides the Pentagon a new opportunity to create a really crappy uniform.

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