Trump sets goal to create United States military Space Force by 2020

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

According to sources familiar with the earlier draft of the report, the White House wanted the Pentagon to state more explicitly its intent to create a separate military service for space.

Pence did manage to impress the frequent critic of the Trump administration.

This week, Mattis said the Pentagon and the White House "are in complete alignment" on the need to view space as a warfighting domain.

Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea have spent years developing technologies to disrupt, jam, and blind American satellites that serve as the eyes and ears of the USA armed forces around the world. "And it claims to be developing missiles that can be launched from an aircraft mid-flight to destroy American satellites". Both nations have conducted sophisticated in-orbit satellite activities that can maneuver their space assets into close proximity to American space systems. In this scenario, uncontrolled space debris could collide and create even more uncontrolled space debris, ultimately shutting off human access to space for decades, if not centuries.

Pence warned of the advancements that potential adversaries were making and issued what amounted to a call to arms to preserve the military's dominance in space.

NY graphic design studio Other Means created a logo using the lettering from the Mel Brooks parody "Spaceballs", writing: "Is the Trump presidency being written by Mel Brooks?"

Meanwhile, on the "Daily Show", Trevor Noah was disappointed by how boring Pence made the space force sound, comparing the vice-president's serious-toned speech with Trump's previous declarations on the project.

Trump followed through on that vision by reviving the National Space Council in 2017, an entity that lay dormant for almost a quarter-century.

According to a plan outlined by Pence, this would happen in stages.

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Vice President Mike Pence gestures during an event on the creation of a U. S. Space Force, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at the Pentagon. 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. "We have to adapt to that reality".

But when it comes to establishing a new branch of the military, Selva said, "there's an obligation" to present a set of options that can be presented to Congress. This would be civilian-led. "I of course would join, but I have space spurs, I can't do it".

The country already boasts an Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force.

The White House points to galactic threats from USA adversaries, particularly Russian Federation and China, which could develop weapons to jam, blind or destroy satellites that are crucial to communications systems.

Space is "becoming a contested war-fighting domain", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, in an address at the Pentagon, described the Space Force as "an idea whose time has come".

The Department of Defense report lays out four major steps necessary to create the space force. The July 30 draft included a list of immediate actions DoD would take, such as standing up a unified Space Command, establishing a Space Operations Force and creating a Space Development Agency to oversee technology efforts.

"To be clear, the Space Force will not be built from scratch, because the men and women who run and protect our nation's space programs today are already the best in the world", Pence said. That will be joined by a Space Development Agency that, by becoming part of the defense bureaucracy, is meant to be an antidote to bureaucracy and enable new thinking.

Five of the six logos proposed have the words "Space Force" on them, while the sixth says "Mars Awaits".

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