Pence: Space Force Will Be Independent Service by 2020, Include Elite Operators

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday announced plans for the creation of a Space Force, saying the Trump administration planned for it to be established by 2020.

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.

In a speech at the Pentagon in Washington DC, he said that while space was once peaceful and uncontested, it is now crowded and adversarial.

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.

When the proposal for a separate force was launched past year, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resisted it.

Over the past several weeks, there was widespread speculation that the Pentagon would pursue half-measures - such as establishing a unified space command - but avoid creating an entirely new service.

To provide context, Nasa is a civilian branch of government whereas the Space Force will be a branch of the U.S. military.

"It is imperative that the United States adapts its policies, doctrine, and capabilities to protect our interests", the document states.

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Pence pointed to Russia's development of airborne lasers to disrupt space-based systems and China's successful demonstration of how a missile can track and destroy satellites.

"Creating a new branch of the military is not a simple process", Pence noted.

Pence said the initial request from Congress would be for 8 billion dollars over five years to be included in the defense spending budget for the fiscal year 2020. We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force - separate but equal. For example, some folks have raised objections about creating another government entity to do work already under the Air Force's purview.

Mr. Pence said the administration already is working with Congress on the issue. His visit comes less than two months after President Trump rallied for Stauber, and held a roundtable about mining. The proposal would also need Congressional approval.

Pence announced the new branch with a disturbing bit of imperialism. "Space is essential to the nation's security and prosperity".

Fox News anchor Shep Smith mocked Vice President Mike Pence's announcement of the U.S. Space Force on Thursday. "The Space Force will grow the world's most capable national security space workforce". This force will draw from across the military to provide space expertise in times of crisis and conflict, Pence said.

It says the department will establish a Space Command to develop warfighting operations, a Space Development Agency to more quickly identify and develop new technologies, a Space Operations Force of leaders and fighters and a new support structure.

Sen. Bill Nelson is among the lawmakers opposed to the idea.

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