Trump sets goal to create USA military Space Force by 2020

10 August, 2018, 02:15 | Author: Diane Mills
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Vice President Mike Pence announced that the newest branch of the military (and also a awful name for a Sci-Fi TV show), Space Force, would be created by 2020.

President Donald Trump's administration will call on Congress to allocate $8 billion over the next five years to establish the U.S.

Shanahan - who led the new Pentagon report that details what the department can do to stand up the new service sans Congress - said he supports the Space Force's creation. "This report reviews the national security space activities within the Department of Defense, and it identifies concrete steps that our administration will take to lay the foundation for a new department of the Space Force".

"The next generation of Americans to confront the emerging threats in the boundless expanse of space will be wearing the uniform of the United States of America", he said, adding that Congress must now act to establish and fund the department. "The Space Force is the next and natural evolution of American military strength".

"Both nations are also investing heavily in what are known as hypersonic missiles created to fly up to 5 miles per second at such low altitudes that they could potentially evade detection by our missile defense radars", Pence said.

He also argued that Defense Secretary James Mattis's initial reluctance to embrace such an effort past year was due to the uncertain defense budget and a desire to avoid bureaucracy and more overhead costs.

The U.S. Air Force Space Command already handles the country's security and surveillance in space.

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President Trump has been teasing the idea of the Space Force for quite a while now, and was quite enthusiastic about it on Twitter.

USA intelligence agencies reported earlier this year that Russian Federation and China were pursuing "nondestructive and destructive" anti-satellite weapons for use during a future war.

"We have been warning for years of the need to protect our space assets and to develop more capable space systems", the lawmakers said in a joint statement. This agency will streamline the process of ensuring the Space Force has the tools and technologies it needs when it needs them.

"We are glad that the Pentagon is finally taking these steps in enhancing our space strength", Reps.

"Both China and Russian Federation have been conducting highly sophisticated on-orbit activities that could enable them to maneuver their satellites into close proximity of ours, posing unprecedented new dangers to our space systems", Pence said. "The time has come to establish the United States Space Force".

The U.S. already has a space-based military footprint.

Each of the logos features the words "Space Force".

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