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Pence lays out plans for Trump's Space Force program at Pentagon

10 August 2018
Pence lays out plans for Trump's Space Force program at Pentagon

Today (Aug. 9), Vice President Mike Pence unveiled a detailed plan for the military Space Force proposed by President Donald Trump in a speech at the Pentagon.

For example, Russian Federation and China are pursuing anti-satellite weapons, including lasers, to "reduce USA military effectiveness".

"America will always seek peace, in space as on earth", Pence said.

But the plan to create an entirely new branch of the military has rankled some in the Pentagon, who say it is unnecessary and that the Air Force has for years looked after the nation's interests in orbit. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, that he opposed "the creation of a new military service and additional organizational layers at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting functions".

The vice president came to the Pentagon to release a report that Congress ordered in last year's defense policy bill laying out options to create a separate service for space. The two examples he cited to argue for the benefits of a space force were the US Air Force's growth during World War II and the formation of the Special Operations Command in the 1980s. "And the United States will not shrink from this challenge", he said. It already contains a Space Command, which it established in 1982.

Given the stakes surrounding building a new branch of the military, the issue is likely to be a political football. "We must have American dominance in space".

The vast United States military divides the globe into various commands, such as Central Command in the Middle East or Indo-Pacific Command in Asia, and so a new Space Command would be on an equal footing with these. The Air Force in particular might lose key responsibilities.

"We have the direction from the president, and we're underway", Mattis said Tuesday.

The force would require congressional approval.

Pence announced the new branch with a disturbing bit of imperialism.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to make an announcement Thursday about a possible "Space Force" addition to the country's military, sources told CNN.

President Trump first called for a space defense operation in May.

Pence said on Thursday that it was an idea "whose time had come" and made clear that the White House wants to get on with the project as soon as possible.

He warned about developments made by Russian Federation and China claiming that "hypersonic" weapons were nearly a reality. They include the new command and creating a civilian position as an assistant Secretary of Defense for Space to oversee the transition.

"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".

Be that as it may, the administration is starting to fill out some details about what might go into a space force.

"Peace only comes through strength", Pence said.