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

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

Vice President Mike Pence has announced plans for a new, separate U.S. Space Force as sixth military service by 2020.

They said the Pentagon report was the start of a "multi-year process that we think will result in a safer, stronger America". The White House is advocating for Congress to invest an additional $8 billion in space security systems over the next five years.

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The Defense Department is already active in space, of course, with the Air Force in charge. "We are glad that the Pentagon is finally taking these steps in enhancing our space strength".

The Pentagon report included interim steps including creating a unified combatant command, known as the U.S. Space Command, by the end of 2018, according to a copy reviewed by Reuters. He described their endeavors to develop weapons and technology that put USA based space assets at risk.

President Donald Trump called for the establishment of the Space Force back in June to join the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard.

"This idea seems to have come from one person who is not a space of military expert".

One of the key functions of the new branch would be to aid United States forces on the ground and the air force, giving them combat superiority.

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The creation of a new branch of the military - the first since the Air Force was created in the wake of World War II in 1947 - could require a significant reorganisation of the Pentagon. It's not clear whether that independent operation will continue and, if so, how these activities will be coordinated with those of the space force.

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

The military's role in space has been under scrutiny because the United States is increasingly reliant on orbiting satellites that are hard to protect.

He says that while space was once peaceful and uncontested, it is now crowded and adversarial.

On Thursday, Mattis said "space is one of our vital national interests" and is "no longer a new domain".

Hawaii senator Brian Schatz branded the Space Force a "silly but risky idea" as he instead urged the expansion of the "Medicaid" health programme. Those satellites handle intelligence and surveillance, as well as command, control and communication, among other things. The command would be headed by a four-star general who would "be tasked with defending space", said the Post.

But just previous year, Mattis voiced skepticism on the need to create a separate Space Force.

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