Space Force to Become Sixth Branch of Armed Forces

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

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech at the Pentagon stating the case for a new military branch focused on defending America's interests in space and laying out a plan to bring it to fruition.

"There will be no Millennium Falcon, no Jedis or Wookiees we are sad to report", Smith said.

But he, too, isn't convinced that a Space Force is the answer.

Given the stakes surrounding building a new branch of the military, the issue is likely to be a political football.

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.

The plan is a method for President Donald Trump to steer away from paying Russian Federation to send American astronauts into space.

Currently, there is a 30,000-person, three-star space command that's under the jurisdiction of the Air Force, said ABC News.

"The U.S. military is big in space, but it's all unmanned satellites", Brumfiel reports.

Trump, the champion of the plan, tweeted: "Space Force all the way!".

"In 2007, China launched a missile which tracked and destroyed one of its own satellites, a highly provocative demonstration of China's growing capability to militarise space".

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Much of the push to formalize an off-planet branch of the USA armed forces is motivated by space investment by Russian Federation and China. "We'll call it the space force", he said.

Pence said Russia, China and other nations hostile to the USA were "weaponizing space", pointing to their efforts to develop satellite-killing rockets and weaponry.

Responding to Thursday's outlining of plans for a Space Force, Democrats were withering about Mr Trump's ambitions.

"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.

Deborah James, who served as Air Force secretary for the final three years of the Obama administration, estimated it would be five to 10 years before a separate service would be fully formed.

Establishing a new military service geared at space would be a massive undertaking and require action from Congress both to establish the service and provide funding.

"The Space Force is the next and natural evolution of American military strength".

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. While the military operates a number of these, others are handled by civilian agencies like the NSA, as it was found to be advantageous to have multiple sources of intelligence.

"Both nations are also investing heavily in what are known as hypersonic missiles created to fly up to 5 miles per second at such low altitudes that they could potentially evade detection by our missile defense radars", Pence said.

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