White House Describes Military 'Space Force,' Aims To Create It By 2020

Trump himself chimed in with a short tweet reading "Space Force all the way!" Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

On Tuesday, however, the Pentagon chief said he fully supported the idea of creating a new US Space Command.

The US vice-president Mike Pence has announced plans for a new, separate US Space Force as a sixth military service by 2020.

"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force", Pence said.

But the calls for a separate military branch have been met with strong reluctance in some parts of the Pentagon amid concerns that it doesn't need the burdens of a new bureaucracy.

"The U.S. military is big in space, but it's all unmanned satellites", Brumfiel reports.

The Department of Defence plan calls for establishing a Space Development Agency, a Space Operations Force and a Space Command, copying to some extent the existing services and wings of other branches.

The Space Operations Force will "train, promote, and retain personnel to include engineers, scientists, intelligence experts, operators, strategists, and others", reported ABC.

He also addressed key points in the Defense Department's upcoming report on on the matter, such as forming an elite group of fighters specialized to operate in the domain as well as a space command operation.

The creation of a US Space Force reflects the drastically changed reality of space's role in national security. "Under President Trump's leadership we will meet it head on".

On Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis called Pence "the point man" on issues pertaining to the U.S. military and space. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said in a memo a year ago to Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, that he opposed "the creation of a new military service and additional organisational layers at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting functions".

Any plan by the White House to create a new military service would need congressional action.

Let's hope that's the branch's new motto because it's pretty much flawless. That's a big statement. "It is going to be something", President Trump announced at a June meeting of the National Space Council. Republican U.S. Representative Mike Rogers, a member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, said the move would bolster national security.

WASHINGTON-Faced with growing competition and threats from Russian Federation and China, the White House on Thursday said it will create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military service by 2020.

"It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space", he said to applause.

"In fact, China claimed to make its first successful test of a hypersonic vehicle just last week". He says that while space was once peaceful and uncontested, it is now crowded and adversarial.

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