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Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday outlined the Trump administration’s plan for establishing a “Space Force,” an entirely new military branch that would defend US assets in space.
There’s a great deal of skepticism surrounding President Donald Trump’s desire for a “Space Force,” and many in Washington question whether it’s necessary and would be worth the cost and additonal bureaucracy.
The biggest obstacle to the creation of Trump’s “Space Force” is Congress, as the establishment of a new branch of the US military requires congressional approval.

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday outlined the Trump administration’s plan for establishing a “Space Force,” an entirely new military branch that would defend US assets in space.

“The time has come to establish the Unites States Space Force,” Pence said at the Pentagon.

“Our Administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the Space Force by 2020,” Pence added.

Pence’s speech was the latest attempt to offer a clear outline for a proposal that’s already faced legislative obstinance from both parties, and which comes as the administration is mired in other controversies.

The vice president said the Space Force would have four main components, including a Space Development Agency “to develop and field space capabilities at speed and scale” and the Space Operations Force made up of joint space war fighters who would provide expertise during crisis and conflict.

The Pentagon would also “create the governance, services, and support functions of the Space Force,” which will involve creating a legislative proposal for Congress.

Finally, the Pentagon would also establish a US Space Command to be led by a four star general or flag officer.

Our administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations, with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the #SpaceForce by 2020. pic.twitter.com/qQaJDAfTl7

— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) August 9, 2018

President Donald Trump in June announced he was instructing the Pentagon to take steps to establish “a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces,” an effort that didn’t appear to sway Congress or the Pentagon.

The last time a new branch of the military was established was in 1947, when the Army Air Corps was disbanded and the US Air Force was established.

There’s a great deal of skepticism surrounding President Donald Trump’s desire for a “Space Force,” and many defense experts …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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We’re getting the first details of Trump’s proposed ‘Space Force,’ which would be the first new military branch in over half a century

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