"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force". The Air Force, the service which handles most of the military's current space operations, spends some $8.5 billion a year on space-related endeavors, and plans to invest another $44.3 billion in space systems over the next five years.
Ultimately, Congress must establish the new department, the vice president said. And the idea has already run into fierce opposition inside and outside the Pentagon, particularly from the Air Force, which could lose some of its responsibilities.
PHOTO: Logos for the new Space Force were released by the Trump campaign to supporters to vote for their favorite, August 9, 2018.
"What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial, today other nations are seeking to disrupt our space based systems and challenge American supremacy in space", Pence said. A new Space Force, by contrast, would have every incentive to hype any potential space-related threats in the pursuit of more funding, more influence, and more power. As the vice president was speaking, the Pentagon sent Congress a detailed report on the establishment of the Space Force.
He did, however, say the Pentagon was in "complete agreement" with the White House.
The Space Command would prepare for conflicts in space and would be led by a four-star general.
In a letter to Pence, 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.
Mr Trump "knows that space is integral to our American way of life and economic prosperity and is a vital domain for national defence" while, under his direction, the United States is "reclaiming its heritage as the world's greatest space-faring nation", the White House said.
For months, Trump has been calling for a Space Force, a new, free-standing military department, with its own chain of command and uniforms.
Democratic senator Brian Schatz, who is on the Defence Appropriations subcommittee, said the Space Force was a "dumb idea".
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Trump can't create a new branch without Congressional action, but he and the Pentagon can take steps to reorganize how the military handles space.
The report says the new command will "improve and evolve space warfighting", focusing on doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures.
No, here in the Land of the Free, we're getting a space force by 2020.
Critics remain sceptical of the proposal, questioning the requirement of such an expensive department. The Air Force now oversees some of the most critical space-based capabilities.
Efforts to reach several senior Air Force officials were not successful Thursday. Either way, the announcement definitely made a splash. Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force's top officer, and Gen. Stephen Wilson, the vice chief, sat quietly in the Pentagon auditorium as Pence spoke.
America's vast military divides the globe into various commands, such as Central Command in the Middle East or Indo-Pacific Command in Asia, and a new Space Command would be on equal footing with these.
What is the Space Force?We've seen repeatedly where the Air Force has reached into space program funds to put them against fighter jets, bombers, tankers. "We have a Navy to protect shipping lanes", she said.
"It will be fit for objective is what I can assure you, but I don't have all the final answers yet, we're still putting that together", he said.
"The only thing we can't afford is inaction", he said.