Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Space Force to Become Sixth Branch of Armed Forces

Space Force to Become Sixth Branch of Armed Forces

Aside from being a new military branch, a Space Force at the Pentagon today would have a few features that would set it apart from previous us military space efforts, like AFSPC, Pence said.

The White House says that the Space Force will be created by 2020. "The first Americans to step forward and venture into the unknown were the world's greatest aviators and test pilots from the Navy, Air Force and the Marines".

Pence built a case for the necessity of a Space Force, citing military advances in space by adversaries such as Russian Federation and China.

As he said, the preparations are now under way to build this sixth army space force, along with the US Army, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Air Force and the Coast Guard.

Mr Trump ordered defence officials in June to "immediately" begin work on establishing the new sixth force.

"Our Administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the Space Force by 2020", Pence added.

Chinese analysts expect Washington's ambitious plan announced on Thursday to fuel an accelerating space arms race between the two nations and Russian Federation, even though China's technology still lags behind America's.

"There is a threat out there but it's being handled by the U.S. Air Force today". Critics argue that the money the Trump administration proposes for an entirely new branch of the army could easily go into this program with the same results.

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Although not clearly outlined in the report, Pence announced that the Pentagon will create a new Assistant Secretary of Defense of Space, the top civilian position to oversee the creation of the new branch who will report to the Pentagon chief.

This week, Mike Pence visited the Pentagon to discuss the progress of Trump's order to build the Space Force, as the President's "point man" for the new branch.

Moments after Pence spoke, Trump expressed his support for the proposal with a tweet reading simply, "Space Force all the way!"

It's too soon to say whether the Space Force will ever become a reality, but Trump's campaign wasted no time in capitalizing on the idea.

Sen. Bill Nelson is among the lawmakers opposed to the idea.

The Trump campaign has proven itself skillful at merchandising, with their red baseball cap emblazoned with the campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" becoming one of the most omnipresent symbols of the 2016 USA presidential campaign. "Pence is a huge fan of space", Colbert said on The Late Show.

Over on Twitter, where the mere idea of a "Space Force" was widely mocked, people couldn't help but offer logo concepts they felt were more appropriate. We don't want space militarized, and we've signed treaties to that effect. A unified combatant command known as the U.S. Space Command would be formed by the end of 2018, according to a copy reviewed by Reuters.

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