Pence: Space Force military branch to be established by 2020

09 August, 2018, 23:15 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Donald Trump's 'Space Force' meets resistance in Pentagon, insiders say

Trump marked Pence's announcement with a tweet: "Space Force all the way!"

The US vice-president Mike Pence has announced plans for a new, separate US Space Force as a sixth military service by 2020.

Pence said this is needed to expedite innovation and lean out red tape.The Air Force has already begun to transform its Space and Missile Systems Center but DoD will "accelerate and extend this transformation to all services by creating a joint Space Development Agency".

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Mattis said he was in support of the creation of a separate combatant command for space, adding that his department was in "complete alignment with the president's concerns about protecting our assets in space".

Mr. Mattis added that he's been in close consultation with Mr. Pence, who heads the White House's National Space Council, and other top administration officials.

Mr Trump's plans for a Space Force require approval by Congress, with a budget for the scheme to be outlined next year.

The creation of a Space Force has met with opposition, inside and out of the Pentagon. "However, going forward there probably will need to be an increase in resources to buy improved capabilities and more warfighters as the Space Force matures".

"Recently, our advisories have been working to bring new weapons of war into space itself".

Pence said that the Space Force would not be created from scratch, but rather re-organize existing space programs and personnel.

The current branches of the U.S. military are the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force.

A new assistant secretary of defense for space: A position that will help transition eventually to a "fully independent Secretary of the Space Force in the years ahead" who will report to Secretary of Defense Mattis.

But 56 years later, space plays a vital role in just about every aspect of modern warfare, with many military technologies reliant on a network of sensors and satellites floating in orbit. The move could significantly reorganize the military and potentially strip the Air Force of some of its key responsibilities. Only Congress has the authority to establish a new branch of the military-something that hasn't happened since the U.S. Air Force was founded in 1947. In 2007, China destroyed one of its dead weather satellites with a missile.

"Both nations are also investing heavily in what is known as hypersonic missiles created to fly up to five miles per second at such low altitudes that they could potentially evade detection via our missile defence radars". We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force - separate but equal. "But history proves that peace only comes through strength".

Star Wars fan and comedy writer Brian Santa Maria is hoping that camping out for Star Wars: Episode I tickets back in 1999 will now qualify him for a Space Force GI Bill.


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