Trump sets goal to create US military Space Force by 2020

Trump sets goal to create US military Space Force by 2020

"There will be no Millennium Falcon, no Jedis or Wookiees we are sad to report", the Fox News host said.

The Trump administration aims to have the Space Force up and running by 2020, Pence said. The Department of Defense has prepared a report laying out the phases of creating the new branch, which will ultimately have to be reviewed and approved by Congress.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis had also disapproved of the idea in the past, saying previous year he opposed creating additional bureaucracy at the Pentagon.

Critics view the creation of a Space Force as an unnecessary and expensive bureaucratic endeavor and scoff at comparisons to the establishment of the Air Force in 1947. "We are going to have the Space Force", he said during a meeting of the National Space Council. The department would first come together under an assistant secretary of defense for space, Pence said, and later receive a dedicated service secretary as development matured.

Pence told a Pentagon audience that the plan fulfils U.S. President Donald Trump's vow to ensure America's dominance in space.

When president John F. Kennedy delivered a speech in 1962 explaining why America was sending men to the Moon, he famously said, "There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet".

Since then, the White House has continued to press forward for a Space Force, giving the issue momentum and the weight of the executive branch.

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And Russia is working on an airborne laser to disrupt space-based systems, he added. In a letter to Congress previous year, Secretary James Mattis said he opposed the idea of a separate force, arguing that it would "likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations" and said that a "properly integrated approach is better for carrying out this mission".

Defense One, a news outlet focused on the military, recently reported that the combatant command would be led by a four-star general and there would also be an agency focused on buying satellites, citing a draft copy of a report due to Congress soon.

While Scharre agreed that "space is the American Achilles heel", he said creating a new bureaucracy with a single focus would handicap the military: "The United States needs to focus on the mission, not the domain".

He also addressed key points in the Defense Department's upcoming report on on the matter, such as forming an elite group of fighters specialized to operate in the domain as well as a space command operation. "So now, we have to adjust and make sure that we can defend what we do in space and deter anyone from challenging us there". Then a few years later it fired another missile, this time into the deeper orbit where the Pentagon parks its most sensitive satellites.

"Both nations are also investing heavily in what is known as hypersonic missiles created to fly up to five miles per second at such low altitudes that they could potentially evade detection via our missile defence radars".

Pence said that the Space Force would not be created from scratch, but rather re-organize existing space programs and personnel.

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