Space Force to become sixth military service by 2020

Space Force to become sixth military service by 2020

Space Force to become sixth military service by 2020

He said that the report "identifies concrete steps that our administration will take to lay the foundation for a new Department of the Space Force".

Envisaged as the sixth branch of the American military, the White House wants the Space Force to be created by 2020, the end of Donald Trump's term in office.

WASHINGTON-Faced with growing competition and threats from Russian Federation and China, the White House on Thursday said it will create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military service by 2020.

"It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space", he said to applause.

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Just as advances in aviation technology drove the emergence of air as a new battlefield in the 20th century, advances in space technology have made it clear that space is the new battlefield for the 21st century, the vice president said.

And he said that "we are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the Space Force - separate but equal".

The vice president came to the Pentagon to release a report that Congress ordered in last year's defense policy bill laying out options to create a separate service for space.

The vice president asserted the administration is seeking to add the new military branch by 2020. Twitter says, "Yes, but will Space Force members get to dress like Stormtroopers?"

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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".

But, earlier this week, Mr Mattis said he is in "complete alignment" with Mr Trump's concerns about U.S. space assets. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said in a memo past year to Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, that he opposed "the creation of a new military service and additional organisational layers at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting functions". In 2007, China destroyed one of its dead weather satellites with a missile. "Both nations are also investing heavily in hypersonic missiles that are created to fly up to 5 miles per second and at such low altitudes that they could evade detection by our missile-defense radars".

The Pentagon's report, which was provided to Congress shortly before Pence's speech, also seeks to establish a new acquisition agency, the Space Development Agency, "charged with rapidly developing and fielding next-generation capabilities", not unlike the role the Missile Defense Agency plays in missile defense.

"Our adversaries have transformed space into a warfighting domain already and the United States will not shrink from this challenge", Pence added.

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