America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Critics argue that Trump's Space Force would be stepping on the toes of the U.S. Air Force Space Command, which now oversees the nation's military operations in space.

While many believed his proposed new wing of the United States military was typical Trump hyperbole, Vice President and creepy homophobe Mike Pence announced today that the Pentagon is, indeed, establishing the 'Space Force, ' even though it sounds like the machination of an ambitious toddler.

"As President Trump has said, in his words, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space".

"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.

Colbert described Pence's speech as "a stirring call to what we're already doing".

While the details are still sparse, all indications are that the majority of the personnel and activities that could end up in the space force will come from the Air Force.

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Critics view the creation of a Space Force as an unnecessary and expensive bureaucratic endeavor and scoff at comparisons to the foundation of the Air Force in 1947. It joined the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The Air Force became the fifth branch of the USA armed forces in 1947.

Despite the announcement, there has been some backlash from other politicians and former astronauts about the need for such a "Space Force". It is eventually up to politicians to vote to authorise the new branch of the military.

In a nod to the Air Force's current role, the Pentagon report recommended that the Space Command be led initially by the commander of Air Force Space Command, who would be dual-hatted.

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After Pence's speech, Representative Mike Rogers (Republican, Alabama) and Jim Cooper (Democrat, Tennessee), members of the House Armed Services Committee, praised the move, saying a Space Force "will result in a safer, stronger America".

Moscow and Beijing are investing heavily in hypersonic missile technology that can evade existing missile-defense radars, and China claims to have conducted a successful test in early July.

The logos are styled like the mission patches created for space launches.

Pence outlined how potential adversaries, particularly Russian Federation and China but also Iran and North Korea, have recently invested heavily in new weapons that could threaten US satellites, which are crucial to maintaining navigation and communications capabilities around the world. In the past year, the president issued three space-policy directives to reorient the space program toward human exploration, empower America's private space enterprises, and safeguard space assets with a new policy for space traffic management.

But Trump's Space Force would add more than just a competitive presence in space or an additional focus on protection of US space assets.

The vice president mentioned four major, fundamental steps that the USA government will take to create a Space Force.

Pence also attempted to assuage concerns about the enormous cost of establishing the new force, saying, "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", he said.

For Americans more taken with the idea of a strong interplanetary defense, there is an option shaped like a shield, and one in which the flight path of spaceship winds around a circle of stars to form a sort of protective web.

For months, Trump has been calling for a Space Force, a new, free-standing military department, with its own chain of command and uniforms.

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