United States outlines plan to create national 'Space Force'

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Establishing a new military service geared at space would be a massive undertaking and require action from Congress both to establish the service and provide funding. At that point, the subject of a service branch for space had already been the subject of hot debate within the military and Congress. Leaders of the Air Force, which now owns existing military operations regarding space, have argued that the service does not have the resources to support a separate space service.

However, Dodge added, one driving force to create a Space Force now instead of sometime in the future is political. "Space is an environment that we're supposed to work together peacefully in".

"The time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces", Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech at the Pentagon Thursday morning.

In a Pentagon address, Vice President Mike Pence spoke of a stronger, safer America, highlighting emerging threats from Russian Federation and China.

The President and Vice President are actively seeking to add a U.S. Space Force to the country, which would make it the sixth branch in the military. The time has come to establish the United States Space Force'.

Deborah James, who served as Air Force secretary for the final three years of the Obama administration, estimated it would be five to 10 years before a separate service would be fully formed. We can barely get objects from point A to point B. How he plans to militarize space is extremely unclear. It will be the first of its kind since the Air Force was created in 1947. "Next February in the president's budget we will call on the Congress to marshal the resources we need to stand up the Space Force".

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The Pentagon report, however, included a plan to create a unified combatant command, known as the US Space Command, by the end of 2018, according to a copy reviewed by Reuters.

Donald Trump's administration faces all sorts of political and logistical difficulties if it is to realise the creation of a Space Force by 2020, but the US President's re-election team is already thinking about the merchandise.

Each of the logos features the words "Space Force". "Pence is a huge fan of space", Colbert said on The Late Show.

Space warfare capabilities are now overseen by the US Air Force. Ronald Reagan created the Air Force Space Command, an extension of the Air Force, to use satellites to control weather forecasts, communications systems and, yes, weapons.

In an interview with Space.com, Michael Dodge, an assistant professor in the Department of Space Studies at the University of North Dakota, likened the creation of a Space Force with the birth of the Air Force in the 20th century.