Trump Wants $8 Billion to Build the Space Force

Military spacecraft like the Air Force's X-37B space plane could be transferred to the proposed Space Force.                  Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

Vice President Mike Pence announced the plan at the Pentagon on Thursday and gave a 2020 deadline to launch what will become the sixth branch of the USA military.

"The next generation of Americans to confront the emerging threats in the boundless expanse of space will be wearing the uniform of the United States of America", wrote Vice President Pence on Twitter this morning. Space Force as a presidential marketing campaign, however, is already blasting off.

The Space Force will be a separate military branch that requires congressional approval.

Form a Space Operations Force made up of an elite group of joint warfighters specializing in the space domain to "form the backbone" of the new service.

She said it also could be a destabilizing influence internationally, inducing other nations, such as China and Russian Federation, to stand up their own versions of a military space force.

The creation of Space Force is not a done deal, as it first needs to be approved by Congress., and it has met with some skepticism from lawmakers and defense officials who are wary of the cost and added bureaucracy.

"President Trump wants a SPACE FORCE - a groundbreaking endeavour for the future of America and the final frontier", read the email from the Trump campaign.

"For many years, nations from Russian Federation and China to North Korea and Iran have pursued weapons to jam, blind and disable our navigation and communications satellites via electronic attacks from the ground", Pence said.

However, Mattis has now endorsed steps to reorganize the military's space war fighting forces and create a new command, the AP reports.

Satellites provide communications, navigation, intelligence and other services vital to the military and the economy.

Finally, the Pentagon would also establish a US Space Command to be led by a four-star general or flag officer, he said.

The vice president also said the White House was working on establishing bipartisan support.

Space is now protected (think satellites) by the Air Force (apparently). How?

The new branch will be separate from, but equal to, the five other branches, he said. "This is a process we're in".

Create a new Space Development Agency to develop new space capabilities. The Air Force, after all, is run by pilots, not astronauts.

But just past year, Mattis voiced skepticism concerning the need to create a separate Space Force.

"In his inaugural address to the nation, President Trump declared that the United States stands 'at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, '" Pence said. This group would be the core of an eventual Space Force, to be created as a separate military service.


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