'Time has come' to create US Space Force, sixth military branch: Pence

09 August, 2018, 23:13 | Author: Wade Massey
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He added, "History proves that peace only comes through strength, and in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength in the years ahead".

President Donald Trump has called for a "separate but equal" space force.

"Initially the Department will recommend that the Air Force Space Command commander be dual-hatted as commander of the unified command", the report said.

Trump marked Pence's announcement with a tweet: "Space Force all the way!"

On Tuesday, however, Mattis said that military leaders "are in complete alignment with the president's concern about protecting our assets in space to contribute to our security to our economy and we're going to have to address it as other countries show a capability to attack those assets".

Kelly, who participated in several NASA missions to the International Space Station (ISS), claimed during an interview Thursday on MSNBC that Trump is the only person who thinks a "Space Force" is a good idea. The second phase requires Congress to combine these components into the sixth branch of the armed forces.

Its creation however is not a done deal, as it needs to be approved by Congress, and the concept has met with some skepticism from lawmakers and defense officials who are wary of the cost and added bureaucracy. The report calls for the creation of Space Command, Department of Space Force, an elite Space Operations Force, and an agency that will field weapons for the new Space Force.

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"By 1945, the American military had almost 30 times the number of planes and 85 times the number of pilots and support crews compared to just six years earlier", he said.

While speaking at the Pentagon Thursday, Pence argued it is the next and natural evolution of American military strength. "We must have American dominance in space". The department would first come together under an assistant secretary of defense for space, Pence said, and later receive a dedicated service secretary as development matured. Posing unprecedented new dangers to our space systems. He said Beijing and Moscow have been developing missiles, lasers and other technologies with the aim of targeting United States satellites.

The creation of a Space Force has met with opposition, inside and out of the Pentagon.

"It is becoming a contested war-fighting domain, and we've got to adapt to that reality", U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said in his opening remarks before Pence's speech.

"It is imperative that the United States adapts its policies, doctrine, and capabilities to protect our interests", the document states.

Trump's Space Force plan would go even further, creating a new branch, with both a new member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a political appointee serving as a service secretary. "We have the direction from the president and we're underway".

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