Trump Administration Wants Space Force by 2020

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In concurrence with Pence's speech, the Pentagon laid out its plans to form the new branch of the U.S. military in a 15-page report, identifying immediate steps of action. In addition to angry comments denouncing the very idea and several attempts at memes, the responses contained alternate proposals for a Space Force logo - including the Federation symbol from Star Trek and the Galactic Empire logo from Star Wars.

The United States is a member of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which bars the stationing of weapons of mass destruction in space and only allows for the use of the moon and other celestial bodies for peaceful purposes. This will be the sixth service after the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Force.

Why? Pence cited China and Russian Federation as potential threats to American satellites that warranted the creation of defense systems as a response.

The President and Vice President are actively seeking to add a U.S. Space Force to the country, which would make it the sixth branch in the military. It will literally be called Space Force.

These announcements are part of Washington's drive to intensify space exploration.

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But with Russian Federation and China developing weapons that threaten USA satellites and investing in hypersonic technology, Pence said the nation could not afford inaction.

One possible benefit of such a service branch, she said, might be greater emphasis on basic and applied research that could help drive new discoveries.

The Pentagon submitted a report to Congress on Thursday detailing its space management changes.

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. Senator Bernie Sanders said via Twitter "maybe, just maybe" the government should guarantee healthcare "before we start spending billions to militarize outer space".

Pence said a new space development agency will be established to serve as a joint acquisition arm for space platforms and advance technology development through experimentation and prototyping efforts.

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Donald Trump really seems intent on making his proposed Space Force a thing.

The report calls for the creation of a new major unified Combatant Command called US Space Command, which would be akin to the operational commands that oversee US troops in the Middle East and the Indo-Pacific.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has endorsed steps to reorganize the military's space warfighting forces and create a new command, but has previously opposed launching an expensive new service.

Joan Johnson-Freese, a space security expert at the Naval War College, told Brumfiel that she doesn't think a Space Force is now necessary.

Backing his Vice President yesterday, Mr Trump tweeted: "Space Force all the way!"

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