DOD releases 4-part plan for Space Force

Vice President Mike Pence announced the plan at the Pentagon on Thursday and gave a 2020 deadline to launch what will become the sixth branch of the US military.

"Our administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the Space Force by the year 2020", Pence added.

Democratic Senator Brian Schatz said Space Force "won t happen".

In a letter to a U.S. congressman, he said he did "not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations", adding it would create extra bureaucracy and cost.

During remarks at the Pentagon, Pence said the goal is for the Space Force to be operational by 2020. Congressional support will be needed to complete this mission, according to CNN.

The Pentagon's plan, released Thursday, identifies China and Russian Federation as "strategic competitors" that are "explicitly pursuing space war fighting capabilities to neutralize U.S space capabilities in a time of conflict".

First, the report calls for the creation of the U.S. Space Command, a new unified combatant command for space. The U.S. military is big in space, but it's all unmanned satellites. "The only person you hear promoting this is the president, so it'd be nice to get a little more of a buy-in from the experts and it doesn't seem like we have that".

Trump announced his plan for the Space Force in June.

Pence said the White House already has been working with Congress to develop the plan.

Some Republican lawmakers expressed support for the project, but many Democrats derided the idea as a money pit that would jeopardize other priorities.

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday delivered a speech at the Pentagon outlining the administration's plan to move forward with the Space Force, which including instructions for the Department of Defense to draft a legislative proposal for Congress. Space Force supporters say that Air Force leaders are simply protecting their bureaucratic and budgetary turf while remaining focused on conventional air superiority. It also oversees Air Force cyberwarfare. "(It) doesn't make sense to build a whole other level of bureaucracy in an incredibly bureaucratic DoD", Kelly told MSNBC in an interview. "But we can do this within the US Air Force".

- Create a Space Development Agency to accelerate the development and fielding of technologies required for a Space Force.

"Do we need to recognize the value of space as a domain crucial to USA national security and our economy?"

  • Jon Douglas