Space Force: 5 things to know about Trump’s controversial plan

Sunday, 12 Aug, 2018

In an email to supporters sent out this afternoon, the Trump Make America Great Again Committee asked their supporters to vote for their favorite Space Force logo design.

Pence's Pentagon trip coincides with the release of a Department of Defense report to Congress on recommendations for the Space Force. But as planes continued to advance technologically and find their way into mainstream travel, "Congress decided they needed to have a new branch of the military", Dodge said.

Why? Pence cited China and Russian Federation as potential threats to American satellites that warranted the creation of defense systems as a response.

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson has said such a move would "rip the Air Force apart".

"My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea", Trump said.

To sum up, the Space Force is officially the sixth branch of military service. The Special Operations Command, by contrast, hasn't achieved the same status as that intended for space force.

But one former senior Air Force official disagreed that the Air Force is to blame, instead laying responsibility on congressional budget cuts and slow decision-making by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

The Space Force will be a separate department of the United States military rather than the sub-section of an existing one.

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The email came hours after Mr Pence gave a speech at the Pentagon, where he argued that the U.S. must invest in creating a new force in order to counter Russian and Chinese operations. Only Congress has the authority to establish a new branch of the military-something that hasn't happened since the U.S. Air Force was founded in 1947. No mention of travel to Mars was made in reference to the proposed Space Force. He has since announced his support for the plan.

In his 20-year career at NASA and 25 years with the U.S. Navy, Kelly said he's never heard of anyone suggesting the need for a separate branch of the U.S. military.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had once been opposed to the idea but now appears to be in favour.

Late night TV never runs out of material, thanks to Donald Trump, and on Thursday the hosts took great delight in slamming the US president's latest announcement for an American space force. The Air Force became the fifth branch of the US armed forces in 1947.

While the details are still sparse, all indications are that the majority of the personnel and activities that could end up in the space force will come from the Air Force.

However Mattis has since echoed support for Trump's position, saying Tuesday that he was "in complete alignment with the president's concern about protecting our assets in space that contribute to our security, to our economy". The Space Development Agency will identify and develop new technologies.

The Pentagon proposal delivered to Congress Thursday lays out plans to consolidate USA warfighting space forces and make organizational changes to boost the acquisition and development of technologies.

"We have to be able to compete, to deter, and to win", said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis while introducing Pence at the Pentagon on August 9.