Mike Pence expected to announce plans for ‘Space Force’ in U.S

Mike Pence expected to announce plans for ‘Space Force’ in U.S

Pence discussed actions China and Russian Federation have taken to militarize the space domain, and how Space Force will meet those challenge.

"America will always seek peace, in space as on earth", Pence said.

The Department of Defence plan calls for establishing a Space Development Agency, a Space Operations Force and a Space Command, copying to some extent the existing services and wings of other branches.

The US has outlined plans to "prepare for the next battlefield" by creating a new "Space Force" to counter the threat of China and Russian Federation.

In a letter to a U.S. congressman, he said he did "not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations", adding it would create extra bureaucracy and cost.

Just as advances in aviation technology drove the emergence of air as a new battlefield in the 20th century, advances in space technology have made it clear that space is the new battlefield for the 21st century, the vice president said. And he said that "we are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the Space Force - separate but equal".

"China and Russian Federation have been conducting highly sophisticated on-orbit activities that could enable them to maneuver their satellites into close proximity of ours, posing unprecedented new dangers to our space systems", he said.

Fox News host Shepard Smith is sad to report that Donald Trump's proposed Space Force will not include anything from the Star Wars franchise.

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The Defense Department is already active in space, of course, with the Air Force in charge.

Pence's speech was timed to coincide with the release of the Pentagon's report to Congress on the recommended organization and management structure of space components for the Department of Defense.

He also said Russian Federation and China were developing weapons, such as hypersonic missiles, to launch attacks from space here on Earth.

"There's not a mission today that we do in the military that doesn't in some way depend upon space", Air Force Sec. "We are in compete agreement, the vice president is the point man for the president on this, we are working closely, daily with his office and with supporters on Capitol Hill and the relevant committees", he said.

Given the stakes surrounding building a new branch of the military, the issue is likely to be a political football. "And in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength".

The report lays out four steps that it will take to start the reorganization the military with a goal of creating a fully independent Space Force within a few years, depending on how quickly Congress moves to pass legislation.

Pence cited adversaries' advancements in developing hypersonic missiles, which can travel up to five miles per second and evade missile warning systems. The US Space Force will become the sixth arm. "But history proves that peace only comes through strength".

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