Space Force to Become Sixth Branch of Armed Forces

10 August, 2018, 02:15 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Mike Pence expected to announce plans for ‘Space Force’ in U.S. military

Mattis once voiced opposition to creating a new branch of the US military to focus on space-based military assets, saying in a 2017 letter to a lawmaker that would likely "present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations".

"There will be no Millennium Falcon, no Jedis or Wookiees we are sad to report", the Fox News host said.

Just as advances in aviation technology drove the emergence of air as a new battlefield in the 20th century, advances in space technology have made it clear that space is the new battlefield for the 21st century, the vice president said.

Pence said the new agency would help the Department of Defense "break free from ineffective and duplicative bureaucratic structures".

The Pentagon proposal delivered to Congress on Thursday lays out plans to consolidate US warfighting space forces and make organizational changes to boost the acquisition and development of technologies.

Chris Sosa is the Senior Editor at AlterNet.

They include establishing civilian oversight for the Space Force and creating a United States Space Command to "improve, evolve and plan space war-fighting".

Mr Trump "knows that space is integral to our American way of life and economic prosperity and is a vital domain for national defence" while, under his direction, the USA is "reclaiming its heritage as the world's greatest space-faring nation", the White House said.

The creation of the Space Operations Force.




First, the report calls for the creation of the U.S. Space Command, a new unified combatant command for space.

Much of the push to formalize an off-planet branch of the USA armed forces is motivated by space investment by Russian Federation and China. Both nations are reportedly developing "hypersonic missiles", which US missile defense radars may not be able to detect.

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.

Many members of congress are vowing to stop what they believe is a waste of time and money by the military.

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

"We are glad that the Pentagon is finally taking these steps in enhancing our space strength", Reps. We are in complete alignment with the president's concern about protecting our assets in space that contribute to our security, to our economy.

"It's not enough to merely have an American presence in space", he said.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has endorsed steps to reorganize the military's space warfighting forces and create a new command, but has previously opposed launching a pricey, new service.

Mattis had previously opposed the creation of a separate military branch focused on space, writing to Rep. Mike Turner of OH in July of 2017 that he did "not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations".

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