Retired Astronaut Says We Don't Need Trump's Space Force


President Donald Trump called for the establishment of the Space Force back in June to join the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard. On Thursday, Pence said the administration will work with Congress on the plan and will outline a budget next year.

Pence said at the Pentagon the force was needed to ensure America's dominance in space amid heightened tensions with China and Russian Federation.

But Mr Pence was carrying the Trump message loud and clear today, describing space as "crowded and adversarial".

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

He says advances by China and Russian Federation have increased the need for the elevate its space efforts.

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.

But, earlier this week, Mr Mattis said he is in "complete alignment" with Mr Trump's concerns about U.S. space assets.

Given the stakes surrounding building a new branch of the military, the issue is likely to be a political football.

On Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis called Pence "the point man" on issues pertaining to the United States military and space.

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Democratic Senator Bill Nelson has said such a move would "rip the Air Force apart". "It's risky to have a leader who can not be talked out of insane ideas". He also says that the current system, with the Air Force in charge of military space operations, is not ideal. Another dissed the ridiculous plan, writing, "Gov't: Sorry we can't give you healthcare, we had to stick to absolute necessities like [checks notes] a Space Force".

Donald Trump's goal of creating a new military branch has yet to take off, but his campaign is hoping it will fill their coffers to infinity and beyond. For example, Russian Federation and China are pursuing anti-satellite weapons, including lasers, to "reduce US military effectiveness".

It would require a new headquarters and major organisational changes.

The Pentagon's report was welcomed by some members of Congress.

"We must have American dominance in space".

"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 and to our nation", Pence said.

China and Russian Federation have had significant achievements in space - they have tested technology to shoot down satellites.

Any proposal to create a new service would need approval by Congress, where the ambitious proposal might never leave the launch pad because of opposition by Democrats and fiscal hawks in the GOP.

"There will be no Millennium Falcon, no Jedis or Wookiees we are sad to report", the Fox News host said.