U.S. to Launch Space Force in 2020, Pence Says

VP Mike Pence unveils detailed plans for Space Force

Despite the U.S. government's optimism, with President Trump tweeting: "Space Force all the way!", the plans have been met with fierce criticism both inside and outside of the White House.

On Thursday, Pence called for the establishment of a Space Force by 2020 and noted the Department of Defense would be taking to steps to reform the military's approach to space. He worries that creating an all-new branch will just create more bureaucracy, Brumfiel reports.

The idea of a Space Force was first brought before Congress in 2017, said ABC. "But history proves that peace only comes through strength, and in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength in the years ahead", Pence said.

The Space Force would be responsible for a range of crucial space-based USA military capabilities, which include everything from satellites enabling the Global Positioning System (GPS) to sensors that help track missile launches.

Stressing the need for a special space force, Pence said both China and Russian Federation were actively looking for technologies that could interfere with or disable USA space-based systems. "This new command ... will establish unified command and control for our Space Force operations, ensure integration across the military, and develop the space warfighting doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures of the future", he said. The Navy and Army also have substantial space forces that would likely be pulled into the new service, Harrison said.

President Donald Trump's proposal to create the US Space Force will take years to implement at best, but that's not stopping his re-election campaign from fundraising with branded merchandise.

In July 2016, Space Command even announced the creation of a Space Mission Force, which military leadership said was akin to an expeditionary force. "The first American rockets in space were launched by our military". "What's next, we move submarines to the 7th branch and call it the 'under-the-sea force?'"

Also part of the plan is a United Combatant Command-level Space Command, which will have the task to "improve and evolve space war fighting".

The announcement of a detailed plan to establish the new Space Force, including seeking the necessary congressional authorization, comes nearly two months after President Donald Trump first announced the initiative. He said the administration is keen on "accountability" and will create a single civilian position reporting to the secretary of defense to oversee the growth and expansion of the new branch.

The Pentagon proposal delivered to Congress Thursday lays out plans to consolidate United States warfighting space forces and make organizational changes to boost the acquisition and development of technologies. The chairman and ranking member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces-Rep.

"We've got to be able to compete, deter and win", Mattis said. "But it's being handled by U.S. Air Force today". The Space Development Agency will identify and develop new technologies.

Kelly was referring to the Air Force Space Command, though the group has had different names over the years. Except Mars has nothing to do with Trump's proposed Space Force and none of them are as fun as the ones that Bloomberg came up with.

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