March 19, 2019

US to establish Space Force to prepare for 'next battlefield'

12 August 2018, 11:47 | Devin Moran

US Space Force: America to 'establish space dominance' by 2020 | Daily Star

President Donald Trump's re-election team seized on his administration's push for a

Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly discusses the Trump administration's plan to create a sixth branch of the military, which will be called Space Force.

Finally, the proposal recommends creating a Space Operations Force consisting of space technology and warfare experts.

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

At the time, Mr Trump stated he wanted a "separate but equal" service to the Air Force.

"The time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces", Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech at the Pentagon Thursday morning.

The White House points to galactic threats from United States adversaries, particularly Russian Federation and China, which could develop weapons to jam, blind or destroy satellites that are crucial to communications systems.

But nevermind how we're going to pay for this sixth USA military branch, or that the Air Force already covers celestial missions. "And third, the thrashing about that would come with such a huge reorganization, I believe and fear, would actually set back the momentum that we've seen in the past few years improving the space enterprise".

The report to be released today represents a critical step toward establishing the Space Force, he said.

Trump, the champion of the plan, tweeted: "Space Force all the way!" The U.S. and Canada share responsbility for the defence of the continent through the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), through which the two countries are obliged to share intelligence, information, and technology.

But the proposed Space Force is not the United States' first foray into militarizing space.

The Pentagon submitted a report to Congress on Thursday detailing its space management changes.

Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States, on Thursday formally announced that his administration hopes to bankroll, no, not universal healthcare for all Americans. Indeed, if this speech made one thing clear, it's that Pence's understanding of the concept of space is truly boundless and expansive.

But what is Space Force, and is it really more than a Donald Trump campaign crowd-pleaser?

And, for what it's worth, Russian and China do each have a space force of their own, to some degree.

Democratic Senator Brian Schatz, who is on the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, said the Space Force was a 'dumb idea'.

"When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space", Trump said during a recent National Space Council meeting at the White House.

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