Vice Pres. Pence outlines plan for new Space Force by 2020

Posted August 10, 2018

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech at the Pentagon stating the case for a new military branch focused on defending America's interests in space and laying out a plan to bring it to fruition.

He said that the report "identifies concrete steps that our administration will take to lay the foundation for a new Department of the Space Force". It leaves no doubt that the Pentagon is on board with the Space Force plan despite earlier reservations. A new branch of the military would require layers of bureaucracy, military and civilian leaders, uniforms, equipment and an expansive support structure. Namely, the Outer Space Treaty, to which the U.S. has been party since 1967, bans states from testing any weapons in outer space, or establishing military bases on the Moon and other celestial bodies.

The US is a member of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, a document which represents the basic legal framework of worldwide space law.

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.

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The creation of the U.S. Space Command. "Today, other nations are seeking to disrupt our space-based systems and challenge our supremacy as never before".

US military policy in space is already covered by the US Air Force. At the time, Defense Secretary James Mattis was against the idea of a sixth branch.

Key among these is the creation of US Space Command, a new organizational body that would draw in members of existing military branches. 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".

Be that as it may, the administration is starting to fill out some details about what might go into a space force.

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But, earlier this week, Mr Mattis said he is in "complete alignment" with Mr Trump's concerns about USA space assets. With the end of shuttle missions in 2011, America pays Russian Federation to launch U.S. astronauts into space.

"Being someone who has 20 years in the military, and NASA, I don't think there's a need for a sixth branch of the military".

Trump's Space Force has stirred plenty of controversy and debate since the President first publicly entertained the idea during a speech in March 2018, when he told us service members that his "new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea". "The Space Force will protect our economy through deterrence of malicious activities, ensure our space systems meet national security requirements, and provide vital capabilities to joint and coalition forces". Those satellites handle intelligence and surveillance, as well as command, control and communication, among other things.

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