Space Force: Pence details plans for creation of 6th military branch

Pence lays out plans for Trump's Space Force program at Pentagon -- live stream

Pointing to growing threats and competition from Russian Federation and China, the White House on Thursday announced ambitious plans to create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military warfighting service by 2020.

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. "Our adversaries already have transformed space into a war fighting domain and the United States will not shrink from this challenge".

Vice President Mike Pence called Thursday for the establishment of a Space Force by 2020, while also announcing immediate steps the Department of Defense would take to reform how the military approaches space. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has endorsed plans to reorganize the military's space warfighting forces and create a new command, but has previously opposed launching an expensive separate new service. Pence said that the new military branch will be needed in order to protect American national security as the "space environment has fundamentally changed in the last generation". Thursday's plan, which requires authorization and funding from Congress, would develop forces to defend satellites from attack and other space-related tasks. Space is vital to the way the United States wages war; The Pentagon's satellites are used for missile-defence warnings, guiding precision munitions, and providing communications and reconnaissance. Many of these items will require changes to USA law. He worries that creating an all-new branch will just create more bureaucracy, Brumfiel reports.

"America will always seek peace, in space as on earth", Pence said. We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force - separate but equal.

Whatever happens with the creation of the space force, United States doctrine will remain constrained by the Outer Space Treaty, which outlaws the positioning of weapons of mass destruction in space or any weaponry on the Moon.

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"We have the direction from the president, and we're underway", Mattis said Tuesday.

Be that as it may, the administration is starting to fill out some details about what might go into a space force.

Even before Trump's comments, the Defense Department was under orders to formulate a "concept of operations" document for space war fighting. While this does allow a variety of conventional weapons in space, practical considerations should limit things like anti-satellite weapons, which have the potential to create debris fields that limit access to space by all nations. Twitter says, "Yes, but will Space Force members get to dress like Stormtroopers?"

Let's hope that's the branch's new motto because it's pretty much flawless. "But history proves that peace only comes through strength". This force will draw from across the military to provide space expertise in times of crisis and conflict, Pence said. At the time, Defense Secretary James Mattis was against the idea of a sixth branch.

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