Donald Trump sets goal to create US military Space Force by 2020

Donald Trump sets goal to create US military Space Force by 2020

Donald Trump sets goal to create US military Space Force by 2020

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. "The time has come to establish the United States Space Force.While our adversaries have been busy weaponizing space too often we have bureaucratized it and over time our ability to adapt to new and emerging threats has been stifled by needless layers of red tape", Pence said. Both nations are reportedly developing "hypersonic missiles", which US missile defense radars may not be able to detect.

"President Trump wants a SPACE FORCE - a groundbreaking endeavour for the future of America and the final frontier", read the email from the Trump campaign.

"What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial", Pence said, adding that space had already become a "war fighting domain".

The Pentagon will hire space experts to create the new force which will be headed by a four-star general and be operational by 2020.

Trump in March first announced his desire to create a Space Force, and in June directed the Pentagon to begin creating the new military branch. Except Mars has nothing to do with Trump's proposed Space Force and none of them are as fun as the ones that Bloomberg came up with.

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 USA 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 time has come to establish the United States Space Force", he said, repeating Trump's call for Congress to invest an additional US$8 billion in U.S. space security systems over the next five years. Namely, the Outer Space Treaty, to which the USA has been party since 1967, bans states from testing any weapons in outer space, or establishing military bases on the Moon and other celestial bodies.

The Pentagon's report was welcomed by some members of Congress.

"This report is a step in a multi-year process that we think will result in a safer, stronger America", the statement reads.

Critics note that the creation of a new military branch would require congressional legislation, and that it would probably balloon the Department of Defense's already massive budget. They include the new command and creating a civilian position as an assistant Secretary of Defense for Space to oversee the transition.

On Tuesday, however, the Pentagon chief said he fully supported the idea of creating a new US Space Command.

THE GOAL. According to Pence, "It is not enough to have an American presence in space". He also says that the current system, with the Air Force in charge of military space operations, is not ideal.

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