US Space Force Proposal Outlined - President Tweets Enthusiasm For Plan

Vice President Pence lays out plan to create Space Force

Vice President Mike Pence says it's time to prepare for the "next battlefield" and establish the United States Space Force as the sixth branch of the Armed Forces.

The Defense Department will establish a sixth branch of the armed forces, the U.S. Department of the Space Force, by 2020, Vice President Mike Pence announced today.

Military support for a Space Force is limited.

Pence cited new threats the USA faces in space, particularly from Russian Federation and China. And the idea has already run into fierce opposition inside and outside the Pentagon, particularly from the Air Force, which could lose some of its responsibilities.

A significant portion of Pence's speech was devoted to arguing that this is the right time for a space force. Not everyone is convinced, however, with critics saying threats on earth are much more real than the prospect of wars in space.

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The final report addressed White House concerns about the Pentagon being sufficiently clear that reorganization efforts are aimed at creating a separate service.

The Pentagon's proposal identifies China and Russian Federation as "strategic competitors" that are "explicitly pursuing space war fighting capabilities to neutralise U.S. space capabilities in a time of conflict". And the Space Development Agency would be tasked with developing new technologies for space security. The third unit is the Space Operations Force, made up of leaders and fighters for their expertise.

Democratic senator Brian Schatz, who is on the Defence Appropriations subcommittee, said the Space Force was a "dumb idea".

Trump has called for a "separate but equal" space force, a complicated and expensive move that requires congressional approval. Space is vital to the way the United States wages war; the Pentagon's satellites are used for missile-defense warnings, guiding precision munitions, and providing communications and reconnaissance.

It is also a way for the United States to overcome the recent successes competitor nations in China and Russian Federation have had in space.

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What is the new US Space Force? The U.S. already has the largest constellation of military satellites in the world-159 according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, compared to 75 for Russian and 35 for China.

"'Space Force, you know I love it".

Some were quick to pour cold water on the idea, noting that Congress would have to approve the creation of a new military branch in the 2020 military budget.

The concept of a Space Force was first proposed in 2000.

Space warfare capabilities are now overseen by the US Air Force. James said she thinks they're now "stuck because the president announced this by surprise". But these operations are spread across the Air Force, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the Army. He hailed a new report by the Pentagon on the force as a starting point. So, before we can "have the Space Force", as Trump put it, the White House will have to convince lawmakers that the USA really needs it.

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"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", he said, suggesting that this branch of the military will "carry American ideals into the boundless expanse of space".

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