Mike Pence launches plans for Space Force as new military service

Mike Pence launches plans for Space Force as new military service

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech at the Pentagon stating the case for a new military branch focused on defending America's interests in space and laying out a plan to bring it to fruition. If Congress gives the green light to Space Force, the sixth branch of the military could officially be formed as early as 2020.

US President Donald Trump is really, truly serious about starting up a Space Force as a separate branch of the military.

The Defense Department has to "prepare for the next battlefield", said Pence.

"This idea seems to have come from one person who is not a space of military expert".

"For many years, nations from Russian Federation and China to North Korea and Iran have pursued weapons to jam, blind and disable our navigation and communications satellites via electronic attacks from the ground", Pence said.

The speech coincided with the completion of a Pentagon report that provides a greater sense of how the space force would be structured and fit in with the existing Defense bureaucracy.

President Donald Trump's "Space Force" idea is no joke. The last time the USA created a new uniformed military service was in 1947, when the Air Force was launched after World War II. But the Air Force's growth took place while it was still the Army Air Corps; its current status was only granted afterward.

Mattis has endorsed plans to reorganize the military's space forces and create a new command, but had previously opposed launching an expensive separate new service. It is eventually up to politicians to vote to authorise the new branch of the military.

He added that the plan for how best to implement it was still ongoing: "I don't have all the final answers yet".

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Be that as it may, the administration is starting to fill out some details about what might go into a space force. I mean, once you get past the idea, which is kind of insane, especially considering the amount of money this whole thing would cost and the need for that money to go elsewhere.

Finally, the report calls for clear lines of responsibility and accountability to manage the process of establishing and growing the Space Force, including the appointment of an assistant secretary of defense for space, the vice president said.

"I think we need to have a longer discussion on this". Those satellites handle intelligence and surveillance, as well as command, control and communication, among other things.

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.

United States Vice President Mike Pence has announced the country will create its own "Space Force". So, before we can "have the Space Force", as Trump put it, the White House will have to convince lawmakers that the USA really needs it.

Pence announced the new branch with a disturbing bit of imperialism.

The vast U.S. military divides the globe into various commands, such as Central Command in the Middle East or Indo-Pacific Command in Asia, and so a new Space Command would be on an equal footing with these. It identifies several actions that DoD will take as the nation evolves its space capabilities, "and they are built on the lessons of the past", Pence said.

One of the key functions of the new branch would be to aid U.S. forces on the ground and the air force, giving them combat superiority. "But we can do this within the U.S. Air Force".