VP Pence Rallies Support for US Space Force

Mike Pence expected to announce plans for ‘Space Force’ in U.S. military

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.

A Space Force, he added, "will meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield with American ingenuity and strength to defend our nation, protect our people and carry the cause of liberty and peace into the next great American frontier".

Vice President Mike Pence is rallying support for the Trump administration's push to develop a the Space Force.

Congressional approval would be needed to establish an entirely new military branch.

Vice President Pence described the White House's plans for a Space Force, a sixth branch of the US military that would be responsible for operations in outer space, in a speech on Thursday.

For the Air Force, the realignment could mean surrendering control of existing space assets, satellites, launch sites and other ground operations to the new command.

The idea of a Space Force was first brought before Congress in 2017, said ABC.

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THE PLAN. According to Pence, the report includes the first four actions the administration will take to establish the Space Force. The idea would be similar to how special operations forces from across the military services are distributed to various commands.

It's going to take a lot more than a few grandiose speeches from Trump and Pence in order for the Space Force idea to come to fruition, though.

The new command and reorganisation "should be budget neutral", Scott Pace, the executive secretary of the National Space Council, said in an interview. The U.S. military now consists of five branches - the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard - and a new one hasn't been created since the Air Force got off the ground in 1947. Pence said the administration will create a single civilian position reporting to the secretary of defense to oversee the growth and expansion of the new branch. That's a big statement.

So, before we can "have the Space Force", as Trump put it, the White House will have to convince lawmakers that the USA really needs it. In 2007, China destroyed one of its dead weather satellites with a missile. "Both nations are also investing heavily in hypersonic missiles that are created to fly up to 5 miles per second and at such low altitudes that they could evade detection by our missile-defense radars".

He also said Russian Federation and China were developing weapons, such as hypersonic missiles, to launch attacks from space here on Earth.

"It is becoming a contested war-fighting domain, and we've got to adapt to that reality", U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said in his opening remarks before Pence's speech.

"Peace only comes through strength", Pence said.

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