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

11 Août 2018

While the Air Force was created from an already somewhat independent service within the Army, no comparable space-focused entity exists today, meaning the Space Force would have to be created largely from scratch.

"It'll never happen. He's just feeding them a bit more Trump red meat", his critics said.

He then went on to play a video of the US President discussing the new military branch from 'stardate March 13, where supreme leader Trump addressed a confused planet.

Hours after Vice President Mike Pence announced the proposed sixth military branch, Donald Trump supporters received an email asking them to vote on one of six logos, according to Time, The Hill and other news outlets.

The US Vice President warned in his speech of the advancing threats and "unprecedented new dangers" as he spoke of the "highly sophisticated on-orbit activities" of countries such as China and Russian Federation.

"Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces", he said in a speech at the Pentagon.

Trump likes to win and what he's witnessed in recent years has obviously upset him. Both countries have tested anti-satellite technology in the past and are actively pursuing hypersonic weapons that surpass current missile-defense capabilities, Pence said.

Now, setting this criticism aside for a moment, America does need to invest in situational awareness in space and the means to get there quickly and efficiently.

Dodge noted that creating a Space Force now, instead of waiting for the future, would allow the U.S.to "Keep pace with and [go] beyond the abilities of potential adversaries to the United States".

Trump has called for a "separate but equal" space force, a complicated and expensive move that requires congressional approval.

For a while the Pentagon, with the military still at war, tried to keep it from happening - too many other pressing issues to deal with, they argued. In a letter to Congress a year ago, Secretary James Mattis said he opposed the idea of a separate force, arguing that it would "likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations" and said that a "properly integrated approach is better for carrying out this mission".

A Space Force won't pop up overnight, even if Congress signs off on the idea.

But others in Congress - and apparently some high-ranking military officials - have, like Kelly, questioned and pushed back on the idea of a Space Force. The Air Force already had a Space Command based out of Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado and were busy launching all sorts of spy satellites and tracking potentially threatening foreign assets in Earth's orbit.

Mr. Trump weighed in immediately after the vice president's remarks.

Why do we need it?

"It doesn't seem to make sense to me". Those funds, Schatz believes, could be sourced elsewhere. Once Space Force merchandise hits the Trump campaign store, it won't be long before it starts showing up at Trump rallies.

"The people I've talked to about this, there has been a bit of eye-rolling going on".

Some members of Congress, especially those in the House of Representatives, appear warm to the idea. Beijing has already created a separate entity dedicated to militarizing space.

"As we get all these briefings about what adversaries are doing, our dependence on space, it's clear that we have to do better", Rep. Mac Thornberry, the Texas Republican who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, told reporters in early June, according to Space News.

It is also unclear whether Trump's planned militarization of space would defy worldwide treaties, like the Lunar Treaty, which forbid extraterrestrial weapons testing. "We want to deter that conflict from happening", but "space is not a benign domain. And so we will".

PHOTO: Logos for the new Space Force were released by the Trump campaign to supporters to vote for their favorite, August 9, 2018.

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