Space Force: A Serious Article About A Silly Idea

Space Force: A Serious Article About A Silly Idea

Space Force: A Serious Article About A Silly Idea

Pence reiterated the president's burning desire for the armed-forces addition in his announcement, citing Trump's insistence that space is a battleground no different from air and sea. A new branch of the military would require layers of bureaucracy, military and civilian leaders, uniforms, equipment and an expansive support structure.

Citing Russia and China, he said that for years United States adversaries have "pursued weapons to jam, blind and disable our navigation and communication satellites via electronic attacks from the ground".

But the intent is not to militarize space; rather it is to avert a potentially disastrous conflict, said Todd Harrison, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

No, here in the Land of the Free, we're getting a space force by 2020.

Donald Trump's goal of creating a new military branch has yet to take off, but his campaign is hoping it will fill their coffers to infinity and beyond.

EDUARDO MUNOZ/REUTERS/NewscomThe Trump Administration is throwing its full faith and credit behind the idea of creating an honest-to-God, no-holds-barred Space Force.

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Dodge noted that creating a Space Force now, instead of waiting for the future, would allow the U.S.to "Keep pace with and [go] beyond the abilities of potential adversaries to the United States".

The reality: You can get the visions of humans fighting in space right out of your head-what's being proposed is an Earth-based group to protect American satellites.

To establish the sixth branch, the White House would need the approval of Congress.

Trump's Space Force has stirred plenty of controversy and debate since the President first publicly entertained the idea during a speech in March 2018, when he told USA service members that his "new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea". A unified combatant command known as the U.S. Space Command would be formed by the end of 2018, according to a copy reviewed by Reuters. The Space Command will be led by a four-star general to oversee warfighting operations.

"Space Force is not your solution", she said.

Trump announced his plan for the Space Force in June.

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The Defense Department is already active in space, of course, with the Air Force in charge.

Deborah James, who served as Air Force secretary in the Obama administration, said Trump's decision to create a full new department is "a solution in search of a problem". The chairman and ranking member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces-Rep.

As Trump's enthusiasm for a Space Force has grown, however, both Mattis and Wilson have muted or retracted their opposition. As the vice president was speaking, the Pentagon sent Congress a detailed report on the establishment of the Space Force.

"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.

Pence said an independent Space Force was essential to counter Russian Federation and China, which are "aggressively" working toward anti-satellite capabilities.

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