Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

DOD releases 4-part plan for Space Force

DOD releases 4-part plan for Space Force

The White House has already been working with Congress to develop the plan, Pence said, and next year's budget would seek funding and authorisation for the new armed service.

The U.S. military already has a Space Command under the Air Force, headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., but the new Space Force would unify activities and 30,000 employees.

Finally, the proposal recommends creating a Space Operations Force consisting of space technology and warfare experts. "Space is an environment that we're supposed to work together peacefully in".

At the time, Mr Trump stated he wanted a "separate but equal" service to the Air Force.

"The time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America's best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation".

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But nevermind how we're going to pay for this sixth USA military branch, or that the Air Force already covers celestial missions. It will literally be called Space Force.

Donald Trump has tasked the US Department of Defence and The Pentagon with the creation of a new force to uphold "American dominance" in space.

In May, Trump was instructed to set up a space force that would be independent of the aviation force. At Trump events, "Space Force" has come a common rallying cry, with some Trump supporters wearing Space Force T-shirts in the crowds.

But with Russian Federation and China developing weapons that threaten US satellites and investing in hypersonic technology, Pence said the nation could not afford inaction.

The report says the new command will "improve and evolve space warfighting", focusing on doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures. Only Congress has the authority to establish a new branch of the military-something that hasn't happened since the U.S. Air Force was founded in 1947.

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On MSNBC's "The Beat" with host Ari Melber, retired four-star Army General Barry McCaffrey explained exactly why "Space Force" is a awful idea. "But we can do this within the US Air Force".

A campaign email is asking Trumpers to vote on one of six Space Force logos that will be emblazoned on future Trump campaign items.

During his speech, Pence outlined four specific actions the Trump administration sees as the fundamental first steps in creating the Space Force.

But, earlier this week, Mr Mattis said he is in "complete alignment" with Mr Trump's concerns about USA space assets.

However, before it gets off the ground - Space Force still needs Congress to pass new legislation.

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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.

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