Pence, Pentagon promise 'Space Force' by 2020

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In a speech at the Pentagon, Pence said the proposed organization would be the sixth branch of the armed forces, sitting alongside the Army, Navy, Air Force, and so on. "We take about 400,000 observations a day with our sensor network."Air Force Space Command does more than observe space".

"This is a dumb idea".

Deborah James, who served as Air Force secretary for the final three years of the Obama administration, estimated it would be five to 10 years before a separate service would be fully formed. "What's next, we move submarines to the 7th branch and call it the 'under-the-sea force?'" The idea has prompted plenty of enthusiasm from Star Wars fans and serious defense wonks alike, but also plenty of head-scratching from critics who question the need for the United States to shift the battlefield to the heavens. Every engineer, scientist, or pilot recruited into the Space Force means one fewer civilian figuring out how to send tourists to low earth orbit, to create research bases on Mars, or to set up strip mines on the moon.

"The U.S. military is big in space, but it's all unmanned satellites", Brumfiel reports.

"Our adversaries have transformed space into a warfighting domain already". Its responsibilities include oversight of the country's nuclear-weapons capabilities, which involves space because long-range, nuclear-tipped missiles fly through space.

In July 2016, Space Command even announced the creation of a Space Mission Force, which military leadership said was akin to an expeditionary force. They'll also create a United States Space Command and a Space Development Agency, and appoint an assistant secretary of defense for space. The main countries of concern are Russian Federation, which continues to publicize new weaponry, and China, which destroyed one of its own satellites in a 2007 test with a "kill vehicle" - essentially a giant bullet launched by missile.

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

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Asked about the cost, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters the Pentagon doesn't have a number yet but will when the legislative proposal is finished by the end of the year. "We are in complete alignment with the President's concern about protecting our assets in space to contribute to our security".

It would require a new headquarters and major organizational changes. In a letter to Congress previous year, Secretary James Mattis said he opposed the idea of a separate force, arguing that it would "likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations" and said that a "properly integrated approach is better for carrying out this mission". Bill Nelson of Florida tweeted on June 18. "Of course I would join, but I have space spurs, '" Colbert joked, referencing that time Trump got out of the Vietnam War draft in the late 1960s by claiming he had bone spurs.

"Space is hugely strategic - this raises the stakes for world powers and they're having to throw more resources at this to maintain the military balance", Yue said.

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