Trump 2020 to sell 'Space Force' merch

Invited supporters await the arrival of Air Force Two

Invited supporters await the arrival of Air Force Two

Military leaders have said repeatedly that modern warfare depends on space.

"President Trump wants a SPACE FORCE - a groundbreaking endeavor for the future of America and the final frontier", read an email from the Trump campaign. The US Space Force will become the sixth arm. China and Russian Federation are the nation's primary rivals in space.

But the move has faced some signs of skepticism from the Defense Department. Now such issues largely fall under the Air Force. 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.

"It is becoming a contested war fighting domain and we have to adapt to that reality", Mattis said as he introduced Pence.

Let's hope that's the branch's new motto because it's pretty much ideal.

The vice president came to the Pentagon to release a report that Congress ordered in last year's defense policy bill laying out options to create a separate service for space. This person will oversee the Space Force and report to the Secretary of Defense.

"The Space Force will not be built from scratch", Pence said during his speech.

"Men and women of the [DoD] have pioneered the most groundbreaking discoveries that have literally revolutionized space in our hours of need", he said. But there's still a lot unspecified regarding whether non-defense space activities, such as those pursued by the NSA, will be affected by the changes. "And in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength".

Watch part of Vice President Pence's space force address above, via Fox News.

Mr. Pence said the administration already is working with Congress on the issue.

Still, the proposal faces an uncertain fate in Congress, particularly if Democrats capture either the House or Senate in November elections.

The US Armed Forces are made up of the five armed service branches: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy.

The force would require congressional approval.

WASHINGTON-Faced with growing competition and threats from Russian Federation and China, the White House on Thursday said it will create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military service by 2020. The U.S. will meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield, he said, and carry on the cause of liberty and peace into the next great frontier.

The Pentagon will also begin pulling space experts from across the military and setting up a separate acquisitions office, dedicated to buying satellites and developing new technology to help it win wars in space.

First, the report calls for the creation of the U.S. Space Command, a new unified combatant command for space.

Congress' most ardent proponents of a separate service for space commended Pence's remarks.

At least one Twitter user is hoping Space Force can finally settle the flat-Earth debate by telling us what's on the other side.

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