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Pence: Space Force military branch to be established by 2020

10 August, 2018, 02:15 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Susan Walsh  AP

The U.S. Air Force Space Command already handles the country's security and surveillance in space.

President Trump tweeted his support shortly after the announcement, "Space Force all the way!"

"Today the Department of Defense will release a report outlining the first stages of our administration's plan to implement the President's guidance and turn his vision into a reality", Pence said.

"There will be no Millennium Falcon, no Jedis or Wookiees we are sad to report", the Fox News host said.

The report says the new command will "improve and evolve space warfighting", focusing on doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures.

The Department of Defence plan calls for establishing a Space Development Agency, a Space Operations Force and a Space Command, copying to some extent the existing services and wings of other branches.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence waves to guests after speaking during the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity Summit in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 31, 2018.

Critics, even those who agree with the strategic significance of space, argue that creating a Space Force is "an unnecessary and expensive bureaucratic endeavor", as Reuters put it.

The US has outlined plans to "prepare for the next battlefield" by creating a new "Space Force" to counter the threat of China and Russian Federation.

Many members of congress are vowing to stop what they believe is a waste of time and money by the military.

Based on the wording of the email, it doesn't sound like this would be for the official Space Force program - more like Space Force gear the campaign wants to peddle to anyone courageous enough to buy it. Dare we say wear it, too?

"We are glad that the Pentagon is finally taking these steps in enhancing our space strength", Reps.

"Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America's best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people and to our nation", Pence said.

Mr Trump "knows that space is integral to our American way of life and economic prosperity and is a vital domain for national defence" while, under his direction, the United States is "reclaiming its heritage as the world's greatest space-faring nation", the White House said.

"Our nation's armed forces have always been the vanguard of advancing American leadership here on Earth and beyond", Pence said. He said Beijing and Moscow have been developing missiles, lasers and other technologies with the aim of targeting U.S. satellites.

Currently, China and Russian Federation are America's primary rivals in space.

But Mr Pence was carrying the Trump message loud and clear today, describing space as "crowded and adversarial".

The White House said in a statement that "President Trump knows that space is integral to our American way of life and economic prosperity, and is a vital domain for national defense".

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