United States to Launch Space Force in 2020, Pence Says

United States to Launch Space Force in 2020, Pence Says

United States to Launch Space Force in 2020, Pence Says

Hours after Vice President Mike Pence outlined the Administration plans to create the Space Force - a proposed sixth military branch focused on space security- the Trump campaign sent out a mass email asking supporters to vote for a logo for the Space Force.

The Pentagon's report, which was provided to Congress shortly before Pence's speech, also seeks to establish a new acquisition agency, the Space Development Agency, "charged with rapidly developing and fielding next-generation capabilities", not unlike the role the Missile Defense Agency plays in missile defense.

"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force".

A Space Force, he added, "will meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield with American ingenuity and strength to defend our nation, protect our people and carry the cause of liberty and peace into the next great American frontier". Mike Rogers, R-Ala., and Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., leaders of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, said in a statement.

Asked about the cost, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters the Pentagon doesn't have a number yet but will when the legislative proposal is finished by the end of the year.

US military policy in space is already covered by the US Air Force.

Trump in March first announced his desire to create a Space Force, and in June directed the Pentagon to begin creating the new military branch.

Pence said an independent Space Force was essential to counter Russian Federation and China, which are "aggressively" working toward anti-satellite capabilities.

On Thursday, Mattis said "space is one of our vital national interests" and is "no longer a new domain". It wasn't immediately clear whether the new force would be a component of the Air Force, as the Marine Corps is to the Navy.

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

The US has outlined plans to "prepare for the next battlefield" by creating a new "Space Force" to counter the threat of China and Russian Federation.

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

"At a time when we are trying to integrate the Department's joint warfighting functions, I do not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations", Mattis wrote in a July 2017 letter to Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio).

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

THE GOAL. According to Pence, "It is not enough to have an American presence in space".

It's a venture that had an excited President Trump tweeting: "Space Force all the way!".

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