Pence says U.S. has never needed a 'Space Force' more

  • Pence says U.S. has never needed a 'Space Force' more

Pence says U.S. has never needed a 'Space Force' more

Mr Pence cited the threat of China and Russian Federation as a basis for establishing the new military branch, claiming both Beijing and Moscow are "aggressively" developing anti-satellite capabilities.

"We must have American dominance in space, and so we will", Pence said.

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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. "We are going to have the Space Force", he said during a meeting of the National Space Council.

The email came as Vice President Mike Pence appeared at the Pentagon to hail the proposed Space Force.

Each of the logos features the words "Space Force".

The Space Force would be responsible for a range of crucial space-based USA military capabilities, which include everything from satellites enabling the Global Positioning System (GPS) to sensors that help track missile launches.

Once Space Force merchandise hits the Trump campaign store, it won't be long before it starts showing up at Trump rallies. Namely, the Outer Space Treaty, to which the U.S. has been party since 1967, bans states from testing any weapons in outer space, or establishing military bases on the Moon and other celestial bodies. The Colorado Republican issued a statement on Thursday emphasizing the importance of space to the USA military.

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.

"What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial, today other nations are seeking to disrupt our space based systems and challenge American supremacy in space", Pence said. "Until we have those same needs in space, the Air Force and the other services are doing all the things we need to do". "But if the White House gets its way, in this special case, there will be a Space Force".

The Pentagon sent a report to Congress on Tuesday detailing steps towards meeting Trump's order. They include the new command and creating a civilian position as an assistant Secretary of Defense for Space to oversee the transition.

"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). It identifies several actions that DoD will take as the nation evolves its space capabilities, "and they are built on the lessons of the past", Pence said.

Mattis had previously opposed the creation of a separate military branch focused on space, writing to Rep. Mike Turner of OH in July of 2017 that he did "not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations".