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U.S. to Launch Space Force in 2020, Pence Says

10 August, 2018, 02:08 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Pentagon to create new command for fighting in space but resists Trump's proposed 'space force'

Trump first broached the idea in March, reviving a debate that began nearly 20 years ago about whether the Pentagon's space activities should be moved to a new command.

On Tuesday, however, the Pentagon chief said he fully supported the idea of creating a new US Space Command.

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

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.

The email came hours after Mr Pence gave a speech at the Pentagon, where he argued that the United States must invest in creating a new force in order to counter Russian and Chinese operations.

Chris Sosa is the Senior Editor at AlterNet.

"Being someone who has 20 years in the military, and NASA, I don't think there's a need for a sixth branch of the military".

"What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial, today other nations are seeking to disrupt our space based systems and challenge American supremacy in space", Pence said.

"As their actions make clear, our adversaries have transformed space into a war-fighting domain", he said. One person wrote, "Everyone keeps spelling it wrong, not "Space Force" but "Space Balls".

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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. China and Russian Federation are the nation's primary rivals in space.

Much of the push to formalize an off-planet branch of the US armed forces is motivated by space investment by Russian Federation and China. Pence said the Department of Defense will reveal a more detailed report later today.

The Pentagon sent a report to Congress on Tuesday detailing steps towards meeting Trump's order.

"This is a process we're in", Mattis noted.

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 a pricey, new service.

"Our nation's armed forces have always been the vanguard of advancing American leadership here on Earth and beyond", Pence said.

The Pentagon's existing military branches are: the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force.

"We have been warning for years of the need to protect our space assets and to develop more capable space systems", the lawmakers said in a joint statement.

Under the new plan, space elements that are now scattered across the department would be gathered under one command, which Pence said would better ensure integration across the military.

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