Mocked in Space: Russian embassy trolls United States over new branch

by Abel Hampton August 13, 2018, 2:42
Mocked in Space: Russian embassy trolls United States over new branch

Congress would have to approve any plan to make the Space Force a new branch.

But Pence was unequivocal in presenting the administration's wish for it to become a reality - preferably by 2020, the end of Trump's term in office.

"It is time to form the United States Space Force".

The announcement follows a seven-week review by DoD, directed by President Donald J. Trump, of "the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces".

A better idea would be elevating an organization within the Air Force to deal with space, Thompson said.

The proposal taps into the American public's long fascination with space - but with a military focus.

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

Pence reiterated President Trump's calls for American dominance in space in the face of threats to satellites and other areas from foreign adversaries such as China and Russian Federation. We must have American sovereignty in space, "the Republican mogul said".

The Pentagon report recommended that for now the unified command be in the hands of the Air Force, which currently oversees some of the most critical space-based capabilities.

"Why do we have a Navy?"

Given the stakes surrounding building a new military branch, the issue is likely to be a political football. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis threw his support behind that idea on Tuesday.

"The Space Force will not be built from scratch". "It s risky to have a leader who can not be talked out of insane ideas".

The White House says that the Space Force will be created by 2020. It already contains a Space Command, which it established in 1982. A new branch of the military would require layers of bureaucracy, military and civilian leaders, uniforms, equipment and an expansive support structure.

"This new command ... will establish unified command and control for our Space Force operations, ensure integration across the military, and develop the space warfighting doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures of the future", he said. Space Command's main role would be to prepare for conflict in space and to lead USA space forces should such a war begin.

An establishment of a new military branch would require Congressional legislation, but the President says he is willing to work with Congress on establishing the force.

"We need to address space as a developing, war-fighting domain and a combatant command is certainly one thing that we can establish", he said.

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