Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

What is Trump’s proposed U.S. Space Force?

What is Trump’s proposed U.S. Space Force?

"The U.S. Space Force will strengthen security, ensure our prosperity and it will also carry American ideals into the boundless expanse of space", Pence said on Thursday.

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.

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

As the US continues to stave off competition and threats from both Russian Federation and China, the White House has decided it will create the US Space Force as a sixth, separate military service by 2020.

Should it be approved, the Space Force would mark the first time a branch has been added to the military since 1947, when the Air Force was created following World War II.

"As their actions make clear, our adversaries have transformed space into a warfighting domain already and the United States will not shrink from this challenge", he said.

President Trump's tweet about Space Force looks good as a motto over a NASA image of Earth and the moon.

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

He laid out what the USA perceived as threats from Moscow and Beijing in particular, who are developing new weapons for use in space as well as improving their ability to counter existing systems, such as GPS.

The Space Operations Force will "train, promote, and retain personnel to include engineers, scientists, intelligence experts, operators, strategists, and others", reported ABC.

"Recently, our advisories have been working to bring new weapons of war into space itself". This person will oversee the Space Force and report to the Secretary of Defense.

He also said Russian Federation and China were developing weapons, such as hypersonic missiles, to launch attacks from space here on Earth.

But analysts and former military officials say the concept of a formal Space Force and the push to establish it quickly are being driven nearly entirely by the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill, and that a skeptical Pentagon is grudgingly going along with the plan amid political pressure from the other side of the Potomac.

"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force", Pence said. The change, which would require approval from Congress, would be a dramatic change in the organization of the Defense Department. On Thursday, Pence said that the administration will work with Congress on the plan, and will outline a budget next year. "We have the direction from the president and we're underway". In 2007, China destroyed one of its dead weather satellites with a missile. "But history proves that peace only comes through strength", he added.

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