Trump sets goal to create USA military Space Force by 2020


The Trump administration aims to have the Space Force up and running by 2020, Pence said.

Pence's speech was timed to coincide with the release of the Pentagon's report to Congress on the recommended organization and management structure of space components for the Department of Defense.

"The president has articulated a compelling vision for a Space Force that protects the USA economy and way of life".

A new Space Operations Force will train, promote, and retain personnel to include engineers, scientists, intelligence experts, operators, strategists, and others. The idea would be similar to how special operations forces from across the military services are distributed to various commands. He hailed a new report by the Pentagon on the force as a starting point. "Under President Trump's leadership we will meet it head on".

"Russia has been designing an airborne laser to disrupt our space based system and it claims to be developing missiles that can be launched from an aircraft mid flight to destroy American satellites".

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But just past year, Mattis voiced skepticism on the need to create a separate Space Force.

But 56 years later, space plays a vital role in just about every aspect of modern warfare, with many military technologies reliant on a network of sensors and satellites floating in orbit.

Senators James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, and Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota, who are both on the Armed Services Committee, have indicated that they would not be likely to support a separate branch. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has endorsed plans to reorganize the military's space warfighting forces and create a new command, but has previously opposed launching an expensive separate new service.

In just two years the USA plans to have a new military programme geared towards space. Let's hope that's the branch's new motto because it's pretty much flawless.

To establish the sixth branch, the White House would need the approval of Congress. That's a big statement. We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force - separate but equal. "It is going to be something", President Trump announced at a June meeting of the National Space Council.

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"It is becoming a contested war fighting domain and we have to adapt to that reality", Mattis said as he introduced Pence.

The US Armed Forces are made up of the five armed service branches: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy.

As a Hugo-winning scifi writer, I feel qualified to say: The United States needs quality health care for its people far more than it needs a "Space Force".

"Both nations are also investing heavily in what is known as hypersonic missiles created to fly up to five miles per second at such low altitudes that they could potentially evade detection via our missile defence radars".

He warned about developments made by Russian Federation and China claiming that "hypersonic" weapons were nearly a reality.

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