Pence: Space Force Will Be Independent Service by 2020, Include Elite Operators

Frederick Owens
August 12, 2018

The Trump administration is planning to create a Space Force, a new branch of the U.S. military, by 2020. The third unit is the Space Operations Force, made up of leaders and fighters for their expertise. "What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial". Both the Republican chairman and the highest ranking Democrat on the House armed services subcommittee also came out in support of creating the force, but it has plenty of critics in Congress as well.

"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, to our nation", said Pence.

The US fears China and Russian Federation will dominate space and launch satellites that are capable of jamming American signals, destroying US sats, and firing weapons at other targets.

Mattis had previously opposed the creation of a separate military branch focused on space, writing to Rep. Mike Turner of OH in July of 2017 that he did "not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations". Develop another one. Space Force.

If a new assistant secretary were added for space, DoD would have to ask Congress to authorize it or it could eliminate an existing position.

Former astronaut and retired U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly called the venture "redundant and wasteful". There's one that says "Mars Awaits", even though, as The Hill points out, the proposed military branch is about defense, not exploration.

He also said those countries "have been working to bring new weapons of war into space itself".

But the Department of Defense has identified "five actions that can be taken immediately to begin building the Space Force", according to a fact sheet released by the White House on Thursday.

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Pence said a new space development agency will be established to serve as a joint acquisition arm for space platforms and advance technology development through experimentation and prototyping efforts.

Overnight, Trump and Pence announced their latest weird passion project: they've chose to launch a sixth branch of the United States military called the "Space Force", which will fight in, uh, space.

Backing his Vice President yesterday, Mr Trump tweeted: "Space Force all the way!"

"Men and women of the [DoD] have pioneered the most groundbreaking discoveries that have literally revolutionized space in our hours of need", he said.

"To defend the U.S. is not enough to have just an American presence in space".

Space Force gave the late night talk show host a lot of material to work with for Thursday night's episode. In a letter to Congress a year ago, 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".

On MSNBC's "The Beat" with host Ari Melber, retired four-star Army General Barry McCaffrey explained exactly why "Space Force" is a bad idea.

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