Space Force To Become Sixth Branch Of US Armed Forces

Pence Will Reveal Trump's'Space Force Plan Today Watch It Live

Trump has pushed for the separate space command against the advise of his top military leaders, including secretary of defence James Mattis, who opposed the creation of a new force in a letter to Senator John McCain, the head of the Senate armed services committee.

In a speech today at the Pentagon, Vice President Mike Pence laid out the Pentagon's report on building the Space Force.

The idea has long encountered resistance in the Pentagon, especially from the Air Force, which stands to lose funding and control over space-based assets and strategies. As NPR noted at the time, " a new branch of the military can only be established by an act of Congress - something that hasn't happened since the Air Force was split from the Army in 1947.

Mr Pence said: "Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America's best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation". Congressional support will be needed to complete this mission, according to CNN.

The latest example came from former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, who on Friday said Trump essentially "raffled off" the Space Force and called on Congress "sort this out". He says that while space was once peaceful and uncontested, it is now crowded and adversarial. "The only person you hear promoting this is the president, so it'd be nice to get a little more of a buy-in from the experts and it doesn't seem like we have that".

Thursday, Vice President Pence took one small step in what will be a giant leap toward creating that new Space Force by 2020.

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In every domain, America will always seek peace, the vice president said. Last November, lawmakers shot down a proposal for a "Space Force", and Trump's new pet project could face continued legislative uncertainty.

The new branch will have a separate command by the end of the year.

Joan Johnson-Freese, a space security expert at the Naval War College, told Brumfiel that she doesn't think a Space Force is now necessary.

Space is "becoming a contested war-fighting domain", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. Space Command's main role would be to prepare for conflict in space and to lead USA space forces should such a war begin.

The creation of a US Space Force reflects the drastically changed reality of space s role in national security.

Mr Trump marked Pence's announcement with a tweet: "Space Force all the way!" When asked if he supports establishing a new combatant command for space, he told reporters, "Absolutely".

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