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The Pentagon can help make all this happen but only Congress is capable of creating a new branch of the military, which is something that hasn't happened since the Air Force became its own branch in 1947.

"Today, other nations are seeking to disrupt our space-based systems and challenge our supremacy as never before", Pence said as he announced the creation of the Space Force as the sixth branch of the USA military. The military relies on space technology for various operations, including Global Positioning System, satellite imagery and probes that can detect missile launches.

Actions by USA adversaries make it clear that space is already a warfighting domain, the vice president said. Both the Republican chairman and the highest ranking Democrat on the House armed services subcommittee also came out in support of creating the force, but it has plenty of critics in Congress as well.

Why? Pence cited China and Russian Federation as potential threats to American satellites that warranted the creation of defense systems as a response.

Kosal, an expert in military technology, said it is unclear what a Space Force would do beyond the existing roles handled by other military organizations.

"Our Administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the Space Force by 2020", Pence added.

In May, Trump was instructed to set up a space force that would be independent of the aviation force.

The plan would increase the visibility of efforts to defend satellites from attack and other space-related tasks.

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Alongside the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, it will comprise the sixth arm of the US armed forces.

He said the countries "have been conducting highly sophisticated on-orbit activities that could enable them to manoeuvre their satellites into close proximity of ours, posing unprecedented new dangers to our space systems".

In an interview with MSNBC, former astronaut, Mark Kelly, echoed Schatz's opinion that Space Force is a "dumb idea".

The Pentagon proposal delivered to Congress Thursday lays out plans to consolidate United States warfighting space forces and make organizational changes to boost the acquisition and development of technologies. Indeed, if this speech made one thing clear, it's that Pence's understanding of the concept of space is truly boundless and expansive. Here are all of the best memes & reactions to the Space Force logo ideas.

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has endorsed steps to reorganize the military's space warfighting forces and create a new command, but has previously opposed launching a pricey, new service.

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They include establishing civilian oversight for the Space Force and creating a United States Space Command to "improve, evolve and plan space war-fighting". After he reportedly voiced opposition to the idea, Mattis is now saying that a report to be released on Thursday would reflect a "clear-eyed view" of the project, adding that space is a "vital national interest", according to The Hill.

Meanwhile President Donald Trump has called for a "separate but equal" space force.

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