Pence Urges Congress to Establish Space Force as Threats Mount

Trump administration tout groundwork for future 'space force'

In a speech at the Pentagon, the vice president also announced plans to establish a new combatant command - U.S. Space Command - as well as a Space Operations Force and a new joint organization called the Space Development Agency.

It's unclear whether the crowd favorite among these options could be used in an official capacity within Space Force or just on merchandise.

Critics, however, have hit back at the announcement saying it's expensive and unnecessary.

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.

Many retired military officials and some now in the Defense Department privately express reservations about the Space Force as a wholly separate branch of the military.

Pence said on Thursday that it was an idea "whose time had come" and made clear that the White House wants to get on with the project as soon as possible. He has since announced his support for the plan. We have the Air Force, we'll have the Space Force.Think of that.

Boosting its space capabilities further would allow the country to identify and target distant forces, improve surveillance and restrict enemy access to strategic locations, the report said.

In June, Trump ordered the Department of Defense and the Pentagon to being the process of creating a sixth military branch known as Space Force.

Democratic Senator Brian Schatz, who is on the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, said the Space Force was a 'dumb idea'. Officially creating a new branch of the military with its own finances and facilities will require an act of Congress.

Backing his Vice President yesterday, Mr Trump tweeted: "Space Force all the way!" We must have American sovereignty in space, "the Republican mogul said".

They include establishing civilian oversight for the Space Force and creating a United States Space Command to "improve, evolve and plan space war-fighting".

The space force intends to organize, train, and equip people in the interest of space-related national security.

Pence said the force "will not be built from scratch", but will tap existing space program personnel. He also says that the current system, with the Air Force in charge of military space operations, is not ideal.

In an interview with Space.com, Michael Dodge, an assistant professor in the Department of Space Studies at the University of North Dakota, likened the creation of a Space Force with the birth of the Air Force in the 20th century.

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