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United States to Launch Space Force in 2020, Pence Says

United States to Launch Space Force in 2020, Pence Says

Pence outlined the administration's plans to establish the U.S. Department of the Space Force by 2020, and to create three new organizations within the Defense Department that would manage military operations in space. "But history proves that peace only comes through strength, and in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength in the years ahead", Pence said.

Pence and the report noted that Congressional action would be required to establish a new military branch, but said the Trump administration would work with Congress to establish the force and would seek funding for it in its next defense budget request.

"Today, other nations are seeking to disrupt our space-based systems and challenge our supremacy as never before", Pence said as he announced the creation of the Space Force as the sixth branch of the USA military.

The Farce Awakens? Trump's Space Force logo contest triggers avalanche of "better" designs President Donald Trump's proposal to create the US Space Force will take years to implement at best, but that's not stopping his re-election campaign from fundraising with branded merchandise. In an email to supporters hours after Thursday's announcement, Trump's 2020 re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale said the campaign would be "selling a new line of gear" branded with Space Force insignia - and asked recipients to vote on six possible logos.

"We need to address space as a developing warfighting domain, and a combatant command is certainly one thing that we can establish", Mattis said in advance of Pence's remarks.

The current branches of the United States military are the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force.

Currently, the Air Force oversees most space capabilities and there is some pushback from officials who worry Space Force's mission would be duplicative and create turf wars.




Senator Brian Schatz, member of the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, called the creation of the Space Force "a dumb idea" on Twitter. China and Russian Federation are the nation's primary rivals in space.

"For many years, nations from Russian Federation and China to North Korea and Iran have pursued weapons to jam, blind and disable our navigation and communications satellites via electronic attacks from the ground", Pence said.

Shortly after Pence's speech, Trump tweeted: "Space Force all the way!".

The concept of a Space Force was first proposed in 2000. In March, Trump broached the idea of moving that responsibility to a new and separate military command.

The latest example came from former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey on Friday, who claimed Trump "raffled off" the Space Force.

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But proponents say the proposal is meant to be a serious response to threats from other nations-including Russian Federation and China-to USA military and commercial operations in space.

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