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'Time has come' for US Space Force, 6th military branch: Mike Pence

'Time has come' for US Space Force, 6th military branch: Mike Pence

One of the arguments in favor of devoting more resources to a Space Force or Space Command is that American rivals like Russian Federation and China appear increasingly ready to strike US space-based capabilities in the event of a conflict.

He says that while space was once peaceful and uncontested, it is now crowded and adversarial.

The announcement follows a seven-week review by DoD, directed by President Donald J. Trump, of "the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces". "But as Nazi air forces bombed their way from Warsaw to London, our military commanders took decisive action then to meet that new threat head on", he said. "This new command ... will establish unified command and control for our Space Force operations, ensure integration across the military, and develop the space warfighting doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures of the future", he said.

"As POTUS Trump has stated clearly and forcefully, space is a 'war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea", the tweet read. The Trump administration believes the Space Force will allow it to accomplish that goal, and the nation now has at least the beginnings of a plan to bring its fifth military branch to fruition.

To provide context, Nasa is a civilian branch of government whereas the Space Force will be a branch of the United States military.

"The U.S. military is big in space, but it's all unmanned satellites", Brumfiel reports. What does it include and what would the force do?

Space warfare capabilities are now overseen by the US Air Force.




He also addressed key points in the Defense Department's upcoming report on on the matter, such as forming an elite group of fighters specialized to operate in the domain as well as a space command operation.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Mattis said he was in support of the creation of a separate combatant command for space, adding that his department was in "complete alignment with the president's concerns about protecting our assets in space".

The current branches of the United States military are the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force. The White House intends to work with lawmakers in submitting legislation by early next year, a senior administration official said, with the hopes of standing up the department as early as 2020. In 2007, China destroyed one of its dead weather satellites with a missile.

Congressional approval would be needed to establish an entirely new military branch.

Pence cited adversaries' advancements in developing hypersonic missiles, which can travel up to five miles per second and evade missile warning systems.

The US is a member of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, a document which represents the basic legal framework of worldwide space law. "But history proves that peace only comes through strength", he added.

But he, too, isn't convinced that a Space Force is the answer. "But if the White House gets its way, in this special case, there will be a Space Force".


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