White House Describes Military 'Space Force,' Aims To Create It By 2020

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Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that the Trump administration wants a new "Space Force" ready for battle by the year 2020 - charging that Russia, China, North Korea and Iran have already militarized the final frontier and that the U.S. needs to catch up.

Seth Macfarlane, the showrunner for the Sci-Fi comedy The Orville, put it bests when he tweeted, "If "Space Force" were a TV show, the writers would keep pitching on a better title". "But if the White House gets its way, in this special case, there will be a Space Force".

Pence has argued that this change meant that the appropriate response is a new branch of the military, but his view of history here was a bit odd. "The time has come to establish the United States Space Force".

But President Donald Trump is leaving the heavy lifting to his supporters ― at least where the logo is concerned.

President Donald Trump's administration will call on Congress to allocate $8 billion over the next five years to establish the U.S.

In June, Trump called for the new branch to be created, despite resistance from the Air Force, which now oversees military space programs.

"There's not a mission today that we do in the military that doesn't in some way depend upon space", Air Force Sec. At the time, Defense Secretary James Mattis was against the idea of a sixth branch. He hailed a new report by the Pentagon on the force as a starting point.

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Mattis once voiced opposition to creating a new branch of the US 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".

"Just as we've done in ages past, the United States meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield", Pence said, according to the Washington Post.

The second and more pressing problem is the lack of U.S. space capability.

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.

As the US continues to stave off competition and threats from both Russian Federation and China, the White House has decided it will create the US Space Force as a sixth, separate military service by 2020. This agency will streamline the process of ensuring the Space Force has the tools and technologies it needs when it needs them.

"Other nations are seeking to disrupt our space-based systems and challenge American supremacy in space as never before", the vice president said. Satellites provide communications, navigation, intelligence and other services vital to the military and the economy.