Pence Will Reveal Trump's 'Space Force' Plan Today

10 August, 2018, 01:30 | Author: Katrina Soto
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Fox News anchor Shep Smith mocked Vice President Mike Pence's announcement of the U.S. Space Force on Thursday.

This year, Gen. John Hyten, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, said that "rather than going through the difficulty of new organizational constructs, I believe the leadership we have now can execute the missions that we need to".

Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel posted a Space Force recruitment video that aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live along with the message, "Enlist in the #SpaceForce NOW!"

The White House says that the Space Force will be created by 2020. The Administration's goal is to establish that branch by 2020. Namely, the Outer Space Treaty, to which the USA has been party since 1967, bans states from testing any weapons in outer space, or establishing military bases on the Moon and other celestial bodies.

In June, Trump called for the new branch to be created, despite resistance from the Air Force, which now oversees military space programs.

Trump, the champion of the plan, tweeted: "Space Force all the way!".

But if you have visions of joining the military - now or under a future Space Force - and strapping on a jet pack, NPR's Geoff Brumfiel is here to crush your dreams.

To provide context, Nasa is a civilian branch of government whereas the Space Force will be a branch of the United States military.

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Former Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James says it is a bad idea.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Mattis said he was in support of the creation of a separate combatant command for space, adding that his department was in "complete alignment with the president's concerns about protecting our assets in space".

While the establishment of a new military service would require legislation to be passed by Congress, Pence's strong endorsement could signal new momentum for the creation of the first new branch of the armed forces since the Air Force was established in the 1940s.

Mike Pence said the U.S. "will always seek peace in space as on the earth" but warned America would not "shrink from this challenge".

"We must have American dominance in space, and so we will", Pence said. He hailed a new report by the Pentagon on the force as a starting point.

Meanwhile, others have argued that it makes sense to form a separate military branch specifically for space.

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

President Trump first called for a space defense operation in May. Space is vital to the way the United States wages war; The Pentagon's satellites are used for missile-defence warnings, guiding precision munitions, and providing communications and reconnaissance.

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