Trump administration calls for 'Space Force' to be established by 2020

Mike Pence expected to announce plans for ‘Space Force’ in U.S. military

The letter from campaign manager Brad Parscale then invited supporters to vote on the campaign's logo for the proposed military branch.

President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday outlined an aggressive plan for creating a sixth branch of the USA military by 2020 - a Space Force to better confront emerging security threats - but the proposal will need approval from a divided Congress. Trump, the champion of the plan, tweeted: "Space Force all the way!" While this does allow a variety of conventional weapons in space, practical considerations should limit things like anti-satellite weapons, which have the potential to create debris fields that limit access to space by all nations.

But the move has faced some signs of skepticism from the Defense Department.

Space warfare capabilities are now overseen by the US Air Force.

"Our adversaries have transformed space into a war-fighting domain already, and the United States will not shrink from this challenge", Pence said. The new force would likely be carved out a chunk of the Air Force, creating two smaller, weaker services, according to military analysts.

It says the department will establish a Space Command to develop warfighting operations, a Space Development Agency to more quickly identify and develop new technologies, a Space Operations Force of leaders and fighters and a new support structure.

The Space Force idea, which Trump first floated publicly in March 2018, has been controversial within military circles.

As a Hugo-winning scifi writer, I feel qualified to say: The United States needs quality health care for its people far more than it needs a "Space Force". The change, which would require approval from Congress, would be a dramatic change in the organization of the Defense Department.

Hawaii senator Brian Schatz branded the Space Force a "silly but risky idea" as he instead urged the expansion of the "Medicaid" health programme.

Still, the proposal faces an uncertain fate in Congress, particularly if Democrats capture either the House or Senate in November elections. But the Air Force's growth took place while it was still the Army Air Corps; its current status was only granted afterward.

Citing Russia and China, he said that for years US adversaries have "pursued weapons to jam, blind and disable our navigation and communication satellites via electronic attacks from the ground". The U.S. will meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield, he said, and carry on the cause of liberty and peace into the next great frontier.

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.

A new assistant secretary of defense for space: A position that will help transition eventually to a "fully independent Secretary of the Space Force in the years ahead" who will report to Secretary of Defense Mattis. The secretary will oversee a unified combat command that will coordinate activities and establish combat doctrines for space. He added, "America will always seek peace, in space as on the Earth".

In attendance were Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, and National Guard Bureau Chief Air Force Gen. Sean Lengyel.



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