Trump sets goal to create US military Space Force by 2020

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Trump sets goal to create US military Space Force by 2020

Pence says it's needed to ensure America's dominance in space amid heightened competition and threats from China and Russian Federation.

That made it clear to the Pentagon that space, long seen as a peaceful domain, was a place where wars could be fought and won.

On June 18, Trump showed that he was serious about the Space Force by formally directing the Pentagon to create the new military branch.

The defense secretary, Jim Mattis, has endorsed plans to reorganize the military's spacewar fighting forces and create a new command, but has previously opposed launching an expensive separate new service.

"Our adversaries have transformed same into a war fighting domain already, and the United States will not shrink from this challenge".

President Donald Trump, who regularly touts the Space Force in his rallies to loud cheers from his supporters, tweeted: "Space Force all the way!" after Pence's speech.

"Both China and Russian Federation have been conducting highly sophisticated "on-orbit" activities that could enable them to maneuver their satellites into close proximity with ours, posing unprecedented new dangers to our space systems", Pence said.

Unofficial NASA news coverage site NASA Watch gave us three options for future Space Force uniforms: Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars and Star Trek. The report calls for the creation of Space Command, Department of Space Force, an elite Space Operations Force, and an agency that will field weapons for the new Space Force.

Pence compared the creation of the Space Force to the creation of the Air Force at the start of World War II.

The Department of Defense released a report on Thursday detailing the specifics on how it will carry out Trump's request to establish a Space Force by 2020.

The creation of the Space Operations Force.

Mattis had previously opposed the creation of a separate military branch focused on space, writing to Rep. Mike Turner of OH in July of 2017 that he did "not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations". "The time has come to establish the United States Space Force".

It's going to take a lot more than a few grandiose speeches from Trump and Pence in order for the Space Force idea to come to fruition, though. "Next February in the president's budget, we will call on the Congress to marshal the resources we need to stand up". In 2007, China destroyed one of its dead weather satellites with a missile.

"Peace only comes through strength", Pence said. It identifies several actions that DoD will take as the nation evolves its space capabilities, "and they are built on the lessons of the past", Pence said.

Hawaii senator Brian Schatz branded the Space Force a "silly but unsafe idea" as he instead urged the expansion of the "Medicaid" health programme.

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