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

Susan Walsh  AP

Susan Walsh AP

Vice President Mike Pence called Thursday for the establishment of a Space Force by 2020, while also announcing immediate steps the Department of Defense would take to reform how the military approaches space.

Pence said the administration will create a single civilian position reporting to the secretary of defense to oversee the growth and expansion of the new branch.

When Donald Trump started talking about creating a Space Force at his rallies, the "pro-Trumpers" yelled their approval.

While the details are still sparse, all indications are that the majority of the personnel and activities that could end up in the space force will come from the Air Force. Another dissed the ridiculous plan, writing, "Gov't: Sorry we can't give you healthcare, we had to stick to absolute necessities like [checks notes] a Space Force".

The Pentagon is laying the groundwork for a future Space Force, moving closer to an order from President Trump earlier this summer to create a sixth branch of the armed forces.

According to the Washington Post, the first of these steps is to establish a U.S. Space Command.

President Trump's tweet about Space Force looks good as a motto over a NASA image of Earth and the moon.

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

In attendance were Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, and National Guard Bureau Chief Air Force Gen. Sean Lengyel. "We have a Navy to protect shipping lanes", she said.

Mike Pence said the United States "will always seek peace in space as on the earth" but warned America would not "shrink from this challenge".

Responding to Thursday's outlining of plans for a Space Force, Democrats were withering about Mr Trump's ambitions. As NPR noted at the time, " a new branch of the military can only be established by an act of Congress - something that hasn't happened since the Air Force was split from the Army in 1947.

Pence told a Pentagon audience that the plan fulfils U.S. President Donald Trump's vow to ensure America's dominance in space.

It is also a way for the United States to overcome the recent successes competitor nations in China and Russian Federation have had in space. The report was to be released last week by Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan but the White House asked for last minute revisions.

Over on Twitter, where the mere idea of a "Space Force" was widely mocked, people couldn't help but offer logo concepts they felt were more appropriate. Space is vital to the way the United States wages war; The Pentagon's satellites are used for missile-defence warnings, guiding precision munitions, and providing communications and reconnaissance.

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