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

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

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Vice President Mike Pence has announced plans for a new, separate U.S. Space Force as sixth military service by 2020.

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

President Donald Trump ordered the creation of Space Force in June, arguing the Pentagon needs it to tackle vulnerabilities in space and assert U.S. dominance in orbit.

"The president has articulated a compelling vision for a Space Force that protects the US economy and way of life".

The creation of a US Space Force reflects the drastically changed reality of space's role in national security. It wasn't immediately clear whether the new force would be a component of the Air Force, as the Marine Corps is to the Navy. The idea would be similar to how special operations forces from across the military services are distributed to various commands.

Their remarks were timed to coincide with the release of a Pentagon report outlining the steps needed to create a Space Force, something it does not have the power to do on its own. "Next February in the president's budget, we will call on the Congress to marshal the resources we need to stand up".

But just past year, Mattis voiced skepticism on the need to create a separate Space Force.

The Pentagon's role in space has been under scrutiny because of a recognition that the United States is increasingly reliant on satellites that are hard to protect in space.

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Senators James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, and Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota, who are both on the Armed Services Committee, have indicated that they would not be likely to support a separate branch.

A new assistant secretary of defense for space: A position that will help transition eventually to a "fully independent Secretary of the Space Force in the years ahead" who will report to Secretary of Defense Mattis.

Should it be approved, the Space Force would mark the first time a branch has been added to the military since 1947, when the Air Force was created following World War II. That's a big statement.

"This report is a step in a multi-year process that we think will result in a safer, stronger America", they said. "It is going to be something", President Trump announced at a June meeting of the National Space Council. The Air Force also has a top-secret aircraft, the X-37B, built by Boeing Co., which orbits the earth for extended periods. In 2007, China destroyed one of its dead weather satellites with a missile.

Pence cited adversaries' advancements in developing hypersonic missiles, which can travel up to five miles per second and evade missile warning systems.

He warned about developments made by Russian Federation and China claiming that "hypersonic" weapons were nearly a reality.

"What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial, today other nations are seeking to disrupt our space based systems and challenge American supremacy in space", Pence said. "But history proves that peace only comes through strength", he added.

"The only person that I've heard say this is a fantastic idea is the commander in chief, the president of the United States", Kelly said.

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