Space Force: Pence details plans for creation of 6th military branch

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And just hours later, an official email went out to supporters from Brad Parscale, President Trump's reelection campaign manager, asking Americans to vote on the new Space Force logo. Initially an assistant secretary of defense for space, this position will be "key to the critical transition to a Secretary of the Space Force in the years ahead", said Pence.

"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force", he said, repeating Trump's call for Congress to invest an additional $8 billion in U.S. space security systems over the next five years.

In other words - this will be Trump's Space Force. "We are going to have the Space Force", he said during a meeting of the National Space Council. "We may even have a Space Force, develop another one", Trump said in a speech.

The Pentagon's role in space has been under scrutiny because of a recognition that the United States is increasingly reliant on satellites that are hard to protect in space.

Late night TV never runs out of material, thanks to Donald Trump, and on Thursday the hosts took great delight in slamming the US president's latest announcement for an American space force.

"China and Russian Federation have been conducting highly sophisticated on-orbit activities that could enable them to maneuver their satellites into close proximity of ours, posing unprecedented new dangers to our space systems", he said.

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That would be a real loss for those who believe the U.S.is already too involved in terrestrial conflicts, and who have looked forward to the freedom-enhancing potential of private space exploration. Beijing has already created a separate entity dedicated to militarizing space.

Former Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James says it is a bad idea.

Democratic Senator Brian Schatz said Space Force "won't happen".

No Republican is willing to tell Trump it's a "dumb idea", added the lawmaker from Hawaii.

He Qisong, a space security expert in Shanghai, said China should try to ease United States anxiety by making diplomatic efforts to prevent the militarisation of space and opening its Tiangong-2 space station to the worldwide community.

President Donald Trump is determined to escalate conflict beyond our pale blue dot - space demilitarization treaties be damned - with the supposed creation of a new wing of the USA military - the Space Force. "We take about 400,000 observations a day with our sensor network."Air Force Space Command does more than observe space".

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"Organizational changes don't fix all the problems".

However, although Pentagon leaders, including U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, once opposed the idea of a Space Force, they lined up on Thursday to offer their support. "The Space Force is the next and natural evolution of American military strength".

It is also a way for the United States to overcome the recent successes competitor nations in China and Russian Federation have had in space. Created in 1982, it is headquartered at Peterson air force base in Colorado and oversees 30,000 people.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis a year ago said he opposed a new department of the military "at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting functions".

Pence, who we really hope knows that Star Wars is a fantasy movie and not a documentary, said the time had finally come for the military to take charge in space after the environment has turned from "peaceful to contested" to "crowded and adversarial".

The Trump administration wants to peel these space-related capabilities from the Air Force, however, and form a new division entirely.

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