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Trump sets goal to create U.S. military Space Force by 2020

12 August 2018
Trump sets goal to create U.S. military Space Force by 2020

According to sources familiar with the earlier draft of the report, the White House wanted the Pentagon to state more explicitly its intent to create a separate military service for space. The military relies on space technology for various operations, including Global Positioning System, satellite imagery and probes that can detect missile launches.

"What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial", the vice president continued.

But critics view its creation as an unnecessary and expensive bureaucratic endeavor, a vanity project that simply strips away work already being done effectively by services like the Air Force.

The US fears China and Russian Federation will dominate space and launch satellites that are capable of jamming American signals, destroying US sats, and firing weapons at other targets. It will be the first new armed service since 1947 and the sixth branch of the USA military. With migrant children still being separated from their parents at the border, the devastation of agricultural industries from the trade war with China, and the threat of white nationalism looming, "Space Force" has become the new cover-up to the administration's injustices.

In addition to the planned authorization of an additional $8 billion for investment in space, Pence said the president's fiscal 2020 budget proposal next February will contain resources to begin building the Department of the Space Force in earnest.

In May, Trump was instructed to set up a space force that would be independent of the aviation force.

These announcements are part of Washington's drive to intensify space exploration.

Former astronaut and retired U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly called the venture "redundant and wasteful". "This report reviews the national security space activities within the Department of Defense, and it identifies concrete steps that our administration will take to lay the foundation for a new department of the Space Force".

James Mattis
United States Secretary of Defence James Mattis also spoke at the Pentagon

"The Space Force will not be built from scratch", Pence said during his speech.

But, earlier this week, Mr Mattis said he is in "complete alignment" with Mr Trump's concerns about U.S. space assets. The command would be headed by a four-star general who would "be tasked with defending space", said the Post.

Why do we need it?

He Qisong, a space security expert in Shanghai, said China should try to ease USA anxiety by making diplomatic efforts to prevent the militarisation of space and opening its Tiangong-2 space station to the worldwide community.

"Space Force all the way!" the president tweeted.

Mattis once voiced opposition to creating a new branch of the us military to focus on space-based military assets, saying in a 2017 letter to a lawmaker that would likely "present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations".

In an email to supporters sent out this afternoon, the Trump Make America Great Again Committee asked their supporters to vote for their favorite Space Force logo design.