United States outlines plan to create national 'Space Force'

United States outlines plan to create national 'Space Force'

Then, on Thursday afternoon, the Trump/Pence team sent out an email asking for readers to vote on one of six proposed logos for Space Force that will be used on a "new line of gear".

"The next generation of Americans to confront the emerging threats in the boundless expanse of space will be wearing the uniform of the United States of America", he said, adding that Congress must now act to establish and fund the department.

Much of the push to formalize an off-planet branch of the US armed forces is motivated by space investment by Russian Federation and China.

Former Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James says it is a bad idea. It already contains a Space Command, which it established in 1982.

"China and Russian Federation have been conducting highly sophisticated on-orbit activities that could enable them to maneuver their satellites into close proximity of ours, posing unprecedented new dangers to our space systems", he said.

"To be clear: the Space Force will not be built from scratch, because the men and women who run and protect our nation's space programs today are already the best in the world", the vice president said.

"We need to address space as a developing, war-fighting domain and a combatant command is certainly one thing that we can establish", he said.

Their remarks were timed to coincide with the release of a Pentagon report outlining the steps needed to create a Space Force, something it does not have the power to do on its own.

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Trump is obviously a fan of the new branch, tweeting "Space Force all the way!" as Pence spoke.

"As President Trump has said, in his words: 'It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space".

He says advances by China and Russian Federation have increased the need for the U.S.to elevate its space efforts.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis - who had earlier opposed the idea - had issued a preliminary report calling for the creation of an assistant secretary of defense for space, establishment of a special operations force that would be trained for space combat and formation of the Space Development Agency that would focus on innovation and new technologies.

Meanwhile, others have argued that it makes sense to form a separate military branch specifically for space.

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

"At a time when we are trying to integrate the Department's joint warfighting functions, I do not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations", Mattis wrote in a July 2017 letter to Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio).

The Pentagon's existing military branches are: the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force.

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