Trump administration launches Space Force to prepare for 'next battlefield'

Susan Walsh  AP

Susan Walsh AP

The United States Space Force, as proposed by the Trump administration, would be a new branch of the military by 2020, on par with thearmy, navy, air force, marines and coast guard. At that point, the subject of a service branch for space had already been the subject of hot debate within the military and Congress. Leaders of the Air Force, which now owns existing military operations regarding space, have argued that the service does not have the resources to support a separate space service.

The Russian Space Forces, a branch of the Russian Aerospace Forces, is a military group for space operations that develops military and integrated satellite systems.

"Space Force" has become one of many polarizing issues of Trump's presidency, with many questioning the need for its existence.

But critics view its creation as an unnecessary and expensive bureaucratic endeavor, a vanity project that simply strips away work already being done effectively by services like the Air Force.

Why? Pence cited China and Russian Federation as potential threats to American satellites that warranted the creation of defense systems as a response. The time has come to establish the United States Space Force'.

"History proves that peace only comes through strength, and in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength in the years ahead", he added. It also oversees Air Force cyberwarfare.

The new branch will be separate from, but equal to, the five other branches, he said.

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The idea of a Space Force was first brought before Congress in 2017, said ABC. The Defense Department is taking steps to establish a U.S. Space Command, on par with organizational structures like the Pacific Command, and an acquisitions office to streamline purchases of satellites and other space equipment across services, The Washington Post reports.

This week, Mike Pence visited the Pentagon to discuss the progress of Trump's order to build the Space Force, as the President's "point man" for the new branch.

"And today", the "Late Show" host continued, "Space Force got a boost from Vice President Mike Pence".

Trump tweeted: "Space Force all the way!"

Trump has said the name "Space Force" began as a bit of a joke. In a letter to Congress previous year, Secretary James Mattis said he opposed the idea of a separate force, arguing that it would "likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations" and said that a "properly integrated approach is better for carrying out this mission".

And, for what it's worth, Russian and China do each have a space force of their own, to some degree. And just hours later, an official email went out to supporters from Brad Parscale, President Trump's reelection campaign manager, asking Americans to vote on the new Space Force logo.

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