Pence: Space Force military branch to be established by 2020


We must have American dominance in space.

Pence cited new threats the United States faces in space, particularly from Russian Federation and China.

'But history proves that peace only comes through strength, and in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength in the years ahead, ' Pence said.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, in an address at the Pentagon, described the Space Force as "an idea whose time has come". This would be civilian-led.

Nonetheless the Pentagon has endorsed the program with design ideas already having been released for the force's official logo.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis a year ago said he opposed a new department of the military "at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting functions".

President Trump has called for a new military branch to secure military interests in space. No mention of travel to Mars was made in reference to the proposed Space Force.

Anyway, the reasons behind the establishment of the "Space Force" are pretty freakish.

He did, however, say the Pentagon was in "complete agreement" with the White House.

On Tuesday, however, Mattis expressed full support for creating a new US Space Command. It could also spur efforts to create jobs for engineers, scientists, and researchers who would work on creating new tools for safe, fast, efficient, and user-friendly space travel, with all the economic benefits that would entail.

"As a way to celebrate President Trump's huge announcement, our campaign will be selling a new line of gear".

On Thursday, though, Mattis endorsed the space management changes that would utilize members of existing military branches.

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson has said such a move would "rip the Air Force apart".

Responding to Thursday's outlining of plans for a Space Force, Democrats were withering about Mr Trump's ambitions.

The Pentagon's role in space has been under scrutiny because of a recognition that the United States is increasingly reliant on satellites that are hard to protect in space. With the end of shuttle missions in 2011, America pays Russian Federation to launch United States astronauts into space.

Critics argue that Trump's Space Force would be stepping on the toes of the U.S. Air Force Space Command, which now oversees the nation's military operations in space.

And, for what it's worth, Russian and China do each have a space force of their own, to some degree.

Trump has strongly championed the idea of creating a space-focused military service with the same stature as the Air Force and the Army, turning his dreams of a "Space Force" into a rallying cry for supporters at political events. "Until we have those same needs in space, the Air Force and the other services are doing all the things we need to do".

The Space Operations Force will "train, promote, and retain personnel to include engineers, scientists, intelligence experts, operators, strategists, and others", reported ABC. James said she thinks they're now "stuck because the president announced this by surprise". He hailed a new report by the Pentagon on the force as a starting point.

Pence referred to space as an "emerging battlefield" and the "next battlefield", saying the main goal of the proposed "Space Force" is US "dominance in space". Trump claims the new branch of the military is necessary to combat new threats to American nationa security.

"He's the commander in chief", Selva said of the president.

Trump followed through on that vision by reviving the National Space Council in 2017, an entity that lay dormant for almost a quarter-century.

The new branch will be separate from, but equal to, the five other branches, he said. But these satellites remain susceptible to kinetic attack, such as direct-ascent ASAT missiles or co-orbital weapons."Russia has had a military based "space force" since 2015, and China's space operations have always been a part of their military.Furthermore, Russia has been working on a satellite-killing missile, and China already has one". And today, Space Force got a boost from Vice President Mike Pence.

"We have been warning for years of the need to protect our space assets and to develop more capable space systems".