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Pence outlines plans to have new U.S. Space Force by 2020

Pence outlines plans to have new U.S. Space Force by 2020”

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.

In a speech at the Pentagon, Pence warned of the advancements that potential adversaries were making and issued what amounted to a call to arms to preserve the military's dominance in space.

"This is a critical step toward's establishing the Space Force as the sixth branch of our armed forces".

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.

When the idea of creating a space corps within the Air Force was brought before Congress in 2017, Defense Secretary James Mattis rejected the idea as a superfluous "additional organizational and administrative tail" on the military.

"As POTUS Trump has stated clearly and forcefully, space is a 'war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea", the tweet read.

Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images Pence greets audience members after announcing the Trump Administration's plan to create the U.S. Space Force.

But the calls for a separate military branch have been met with strong reluctance in some parts of the Pentagon amid concerns that it doesn't need the burdens of a new bureaucracy.

But, earlier this week, Mr Mattis said he is in "complete alignment" with Mr Trump's concerns about United States space assets.

A new Space Operations Force will train, promote, and retain personnel to include engineers, scientists, intelligence experts, operators, strategists, and others.

For example, some folks have raised objections about creating another government entity to do work already under the Air Force's purview.

Pence's speech was timed to coincide with the release of the Pentagon's report to Congress on the recommended organization and management structure of space components for the Department of Defense.

He warned about developments made by Russian Federation and China claiming that "hypersonic" weapons were nearly a reality.

The White House says that the Space Force will be created by 2020.

But if you have visions of joining the military - now or under a future Space Force - and strapping on a jet pack, NPR's Geoff Brumfiel is here to crush your dreams.

Congressional approval would be needed to establish an entirely new military branch.

Pence said that President Trump will request $8 billion over the next five years to support military operations in space. In 2007, China fired a missile to destroy an aged weather satellite, demonstrating in a dramatic fashion its ability to deploy anti-satellite weapons.

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.

At least one Twitter user is hoping Space Force can finally settle the flat-Earth debate by telling us what's on the other side. "But history proves that peace only comes through strength", he added. The Air Force in particular might lose key responsibilities. "And in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength".



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