United States outlines plan to create national 'Space Force'

Military spacecraft like the Air Force's X-37B space plane could be transferred to the proposed Space Force.                  Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

Military spacecraft like the Air Force's X-37B space plane could be transferred to the proposed Space Force. Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

"President Trump wants a SPACE FORCE-a groundbreaking endeavour for the future of America and the final frontier", Parscale wrote in the blast.

Pence's Pentagon trip coincides with the release of a Department of Defense report to Congress on recommendations for the Space Force. First, the administration would create a new Space Command-similar to the military's current Cyber or Special Operations Command-by the end of the year.

He added that in 2014, China and Russian Federation had jointly proposed a draft Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, the Threat or Use of Force Against Outer Space Objects, but the U.S. dismissed it as "fundamentally flawed".

On Thursday's episode of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert joked about how bad an idea the Space Force was and said that 'longtime viewers of the Trump administration will remember that Space Force is the president's boldest idea.that he got from a Buzz Lightyear Happy Meal toy'.

"We must have American dominance in space, and so we will", Pence said in his speech at the Pentagon.

Donald Trump's Space Force programme has only just been announced but already it has been lampooned.

Five of the six logos proposed have the words "Space Force" on them, while the sixth says "Mars Awaits".

This force was created in part to quickly respond to outer-space attacks from adversaries.

Any plan by the White House to create a new military service would need congressional action.

Trump's Space Force has stirred plenty of controversy and debate since the President first publicly entertained the idea during a speech in March 2018, when he told us service members that his "new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea".

The report calls for the creation of a new major unified Combatant Command called US Space Command, which would be akin to the operational commands that oversee US troops in the Middle East and the Indo-Pacific.

Trump 2020 re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale emailed supporters on Tuesday asking them to vote on a Space Force logo which will be sold later on.

The Space Force would be the first new branch since 1947, when the Air Force was established as its own branch.

There is spaceship logo surrounded with red and navy stars. It's not clear whether that independent operation will continue and, if so, how these activities will be coordinated with those of the space force.

"We're building bipartisan support for our plan", he said.

But Secretary of Defense James Mattis' apparent U-turn on the issue might change some lawmakers' minds.

The former official said the creation of a separate Space Force will create more red tape, not less.

"There is a threat out there but it's being handled by the US Air Force today". This force will draw from across the military to provide space expertise in times of crisis and conflict, Pence said. The chairman and ranking member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces-Rep.

President Donald Trump repeatedly has called for the creation of a space force as a new military branch that he says is needed to ensure US dominance in space.

China and Russian Federation have had significant achievements in space - they have tested technology to shoot down satellites.

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