Details of US Space Force, 6th military branch unveiled

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The steps towards establishing a Space Force are creating a Space Development Agency, a Space Operations Force and a United States Space Command, the White House added. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force", Pence said.

Speaking on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence confirmed plans for the futuristic space venture.

Last year, some members of Congress proposed creating a "Space Corps" inside the Air Force, similar to how the Marine Corps is part of the Navy Department.

Critics view the creation of a Space Force as an unnecessary and expensive bureaucratic endeavor and scoff at comparisons to the foundation of the Air Force in 1947. He also says that the current system, with the Air Force in charge of military space operations, is not ideal.

Trump, in an act of support, took to his favourite social medium to tweet the five words 'Space Force all the way!', causing a number of people to question his thought process.

"Russia has been designing an airborne laser to disrupt our space based system and it claims to be developing missiles that can be launched from an aircraft mid flight to destroy American satellites".

The creation of a role called the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space.

The US has outlined plans to "prepare for the next battlefield" by creating a new "Space Force" to counter the threat of China and Russian Federation.

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During his speech, Pence outlined four specific actions the Trump administration sees as the fundamental first steps in creating the Space Force.

"There will be no Millennium Falcon, no Jedis or Wookiees we are sad to report", the Fox News host said.

What's changed since then is that Trump has become increasingly focused on the subject and concluded that a new military branch is needed.

The report says the "Department of Defense will marshal space resources into a Space Force". That's a big statement.

Donald Trump has called for a "separate but equal" space force. "It is going to be something", President Trump announced at a June meeting of the National Space Council.

In a speech to the Defense Department, he said that countries such as Russia, China, North Korea and Iran are pursuing ways to "bring new weapons of war into space itself".

Pence said Russia, China and other nations hostile to the USA were "weaponizing space", pointing to their efforts to develop satellite-killing rockets and weaponry.

In 2007, China blew up a dead weather satellite with a missile, creating a massive debris cloud in orbit.

While Scharre agreed that "space is the American Achilles heel", he said creating a new bureaucracy with a single focus would handicap the military: "The United States needs to focus on the mission, not the domain".

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