'The next battlefield': Trump wants Space Force by 2020

12 August, 2018, 00:32 | Author: Carlos George
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So, before we can "have the Space Force", as Trump put it, the White House will have to convince lawmakers that the USA really needs it.

Critics note that the creation of a new military branch would require congressional legislation, and that it would probably balloon the Department of Defense's already massive budget.

He added that in 2014, China and Russian Federation had jointly proposed a draft Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, the Threat or Use of Force Against Outer Space Objects, but the USA dismissed it as "fundamentally flawed".

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson has said such a move would "rip the Air Force apart".

In June, President Trump said that it wasn't enough for the U.S.to have a presence in space.

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The new command would pull space experts from across the armed services, and there would be a separate acquisitions office, dedicated to buying satellites and developing new technology to help the military win wars in space. If a new assistant secretary were added for space, DoD would have to ask Congress to authorize it or it could eliminate an existing position.

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

Many retired military officials and some now in the Defense Department privately express reservations about the Space Force as a wholly separate branch of the military.

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"Despite world interest in avoiding militarization of space, potential adversaries have identified the use of space as an advantage for US military forces, and are actively fielding systems to deny our use of space in a conflict", Gen. John E. Hyten, the commander of US Strategic Command, wrote in a white paper about the decision in 2016, when he led Space Command. Another option (bottom left) has the same background as NASA's logo, but features the silhouette of a space shuttle along with "SPACE FORCE".

The creation of a US Space Force reflects the drastically changed reality of space's role in national security.

"We're building bipartisan support for our plan", he said. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis threw his support behind that idea on Tuesday.

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. Created in 1982, it is headquartered at Peterson air force base in Colorado and oversees 30,000 people. One Twitter user even created a short animation that depicted Trump in space orchestrating landings on the moon and other planets.

In his 20-year career at NASA and 25 years with the U.S. Navy, Kelly said he's never heard of anyone suggesting the need for a separate branch of the U.S. military.

Efforts to reach several senior Air Force officials were not successful Thursday.

"The time has come to establish the United States space force", Pence told a gathering at the Pentagon, citing Trump's directive earlier this year to form the sixth branch of the USA armed forces. Once Space Force merchandise hits the Trump campaign store, it won't be long before it starts showing up at Trump rallies.

Pence, who we really hope knows that Star Wars is a fantasy movie and not a documentary, said the time had finally come for the military to take charge in space after the environment has turned from "peaceful to contested" to "crowded and adversarial".

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