Pence, Pentagon promise 'Space Force' by 2020

Pence, Pentagon promise 'Space Force' by 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump is not giving up on his dream of a Space Force, Congressional budget be damned.

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.

"Creating a new branch of the military is not a simple process", Pence noted.

Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel posted a Space Force recruitment video that aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live along with the message, "Enlist in the #SpaceForce NOW!"

The Space Operations Force will "train, promote, and retain personnel to include engineers, scientists, intelligence experts, operators, strategists, and others", reported ABC.

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

Trump, in an act of support, took to his favourite social medium to tweet the five words 'Space Force all the way!', causing a number of people to question his thought process. That will be joined by a Space Development Agency that, by becoming part of the defense bureaucracy, is meant to be an antidote to bureaucracy and enable new thinking. 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.

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"Just as we've done in ages past, the United States meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield", he said.

Mattis had previously opposed the creation of a separate military branch focused on space, writing to Rep. Mike Turner of OH in July of 2017 that he did "not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations". If Congress gives the green light to Space Force, the sixth branch of the military could officially be formed as early as 2020.

Let's hope that's the branch's new motto because it's pretty much ideal.

Outlining details in a visit to the Pentagon for a separate Space Force - proposed by President Donald Trump in June - on Thursday, Pence said the new military service is necessary for ensure America's dominance in space. That's a big statement. Today, other nations are seeking to disrupt our space-based systems and challenge American supremacy in space as never before. "As a way to celebrate President Trump's huge announcement, our campaign will be selling a new line of gear".

In the meantime, White House officials have been working with national security leaders to aggressively move ahead without Congress.

The US has detailed Donald Trump's plan for a US Space Force with the Vice President claiming Russian Federation and China have "already" transformed space. The US Space Force will become the sixth arm.

"We need to address space as a developing, war-fighting domain and a combatant command is certainly one thing that we can establish", he said.

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