Sunday, 16 December, 2018

White House Describes Military 'Space Force,' Aims To Create It By 2020

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Kenny Thornton | 12 August, 2018, 11:48

Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly discusses the Trump administration's plan to create a sixth branch of the military, which will be called Space Force. In addition to angry comments denouncing the very idea and several attempts at memes, the responses contained alternate proposals for a Space Force logo - including the Federation symbol from Star Trek and the Galactic Empire logo from Star Wars.

"What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial", the vice president continued.

Citing Russia and China, he said that for years United States adversaries have "pursued weapons to jam, blind and disable our navigation and communication satellites via electronic attacks from the ground".

A Space Force is likely to draw on the resources of the US Air Force in particular, and some critics have contended it will weaken existing branches.

"This leader will be key to a critical transition to a fully independent secretary of the space force", Pence added.

"There is a threat out there but it's being handled by the U.S. Air Force today".

The new military branch will be responsible for a range of capabilities, including the US-made Global Position System (GPS) and technologies that guide and track missile launches.

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David Cicilline, who sits in the House of Representatives, asked if "no Republican" would tell the president "what a dumb idea Space Force is".

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

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has endorsed steps to reorganize the military's space warfighting forces and create a new command, but has previously opposed launching an expensive new service. The command would be headed by a four-star general who would "be tasked with defending space", said the Post. However, the creation of the new military body will have to be approved by Congress, with Pence stressing that the process will move forward with the aim of building the sixth body by 2020.

But what is Space Force, and is it really more than a Donald Trump campaign crowd-pleaser? Shortly after Pence held a press conference detailing the plans for Space Force on August 8, Trump tweeted, "Space Force all the way!"

Would a Space Force fighter have to battle ALF?

The Trump administration wants to funnel $8bn of taxpayers' cash over five years to its buddies in the military contracting world construct and equip America's Space Force.

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