Space Force To Become Sixth Branch Of US Armed Forces

Space Force To Become Sixth Branch Of US Armed Forces

Space Force To Become Sixth Branch Of US Armed Forces

President Donald Trump's campaign wants to start selling a new Space Force themed line of merchandise, and they are soliciting votes on which design to use.

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday delivered a speech at the Pentagon outlining the administration's plan to move forward with the Space Force.

One of the arguments in favour of devoting more resources to a Space Force or Space Command is that American rivals like Russian Federation and China appear increasingly ready to strike U.S. space-based capabilities in the event of a conflict.

Mattis once voiced opposition to creating a new branch of the U.S. military to focus on space-based military assets, saying in a 2017 letter to a lawmaker that would likely "present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations". It's no longer a new domain, it's a domain and we've got to be able to compete, to deter and to win.

"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force", he said in a speech at the Pentagon. No new service branch has been established by Congress since the creation of the U.S. Air Force in 1947 - over 70 years ago.

They include the new command and creating a civilian position as an assistant Secretary of Defense for Space to oversee the transition. Military leaders and experts have questioned the wisdom of launching an expensive, bureaucratic new service branch. 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. After the Trump administration announced it would close down the Russian consulate in Seattle, the Russian embassy asked its Twitter followers to vote for which United States consulate they'd like to see shuttered in Russia.

Establish a Space Command, a new unified combat and command structure for space.

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said this week that Pence is Trump's "point man" for Space Force, and Pentagon officials are working closely with his office.

We must have American dominance in space, so important.

Just as advances in aviation technology drove the emergence of air as a new battlefield in the 20th century, advances in space technology have made it clear that space is the new battlefield for the 21st century, the vice president said.

The former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly said on Thursday of a Space Force: "The only person that I've heard say this is a fantastic idea is the commander in chief, the president of the United States".

Opinions on the Space Force in Congress have been divided.

The report to be released today represents a critical step toward establishing the Space Force, he said.

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