Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Pence calls for Space Force to be established by 2020

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Melinda Barton | 12 August, 2018, 00:32

Hours after Vice President Mike Pence announced the proposed sixth military branch, Donald Trump supporters received an email asking them to vote on one of six logos, according to Time, The Hill and other news outlets. Mike Pence loves space. The U.S. will meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield, he said, and carry on the cause of liberty and peace into the next great frontier. The change, which would require approval from Congress, would be a dramatic change in the organization of the Defense Department.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable discussion with state leaders on prison reform in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, U.S., August 9, 2018. "We are glad that the Pentagon is finally taking these steps in enhancing our space strength", Reps.

Finally, the report calls for clear lines of responsibility and accountability to manage the process of establishing and growing the Space Force, including the appointment of an assistant secretary of defense for space, the vice president said.

Over at the "Tonight Show", host Jimmy Fallon also got in his shots at futuristic militarism, saying that the Space Force chain of command will go E.T., Yoda, then Groot. During the 1980s, in the wake of the Iran hostage crisis and with terrorism an issue around the world, there were proposals in Congress to create a sixth branch to handle "special operations", but the idea was ultimately rejected.

In the video, the President continued: 'We may even have a Space Force.

It took a nanosecond for those logos to hit the mainstream, and cyberspace was quick to come up with Space Force logos of its own.

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". If the United States leaves its satellites vulnerable to new Russian and Chinese weapons, the likelihood that these weapons will be used increases, he argued. Beijing has already created a separate entity dedicated to militarizing space. The command has about 38,000 personnel and operates 185 military satellite systems, including the Global Positioning System and communications and weather satellites.

Donald Trump's Space Force as an actual sixth branch of the United States military faces numerous bureaucratic and political obstacles.

That's a staggering amount of money, and it would only grow with the creation of a new Space Force.

Backing his Vice President yesterday, Mr Trump tweeted: "Space Force all the way!"

Trump has been talking about a "Space Force" for months like an excited ten-year-old. Elevating the proposal to create a new department will mean additional Pentagon bureaucracy, critics say. The Air Force now oversees some of the most critical space-based capabilities. Every engineer, scientist, or pilot recruited into the Space Force means one fewer civilian figuring out how to send tourists to low earth orbit, to create research bases on Mars, or to set up strip mines on the moon.

James said she thinks they're now "stuck because the president announced this by surprise". The Air Force does this already.