Jimmy Kimmel Struggles to Take Trump's Space Force Seriously

Jimmy Kimmel Struggles to Take Trump's Space Force Seriously

The proposal taps into the American public's long fascination with space but with a military focus, and it faces daunting hurdles.

The White House says that the Space Force will be created by 2020.

As if the Trump administration's plan to establish a Space Force by 2020 wasn't comical enough - especially in the straight-faced nature of the vice president's Thursday announcement - now America's late night television hosts have weighed in.

"Recently our adversaries have been working to bring new weapons of war into space itself", Pence said.

Pence then addressed the Pentagon and said: 'Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America's best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation.

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

And just hours later, an official email went out to supporters from Brad Parscale, President Trump's reelection campaign manager, asking Americans to vote on the new Space Force logo.

Pence said the new agency would help the Department of Defense "break free from ineffective and duplicative bureaucratic structures".

Moscow and Beijing are investing heavily in hypersonic missile technology that can evade existing missile-defense radars, and China claims to have conducted a successful test in early July.

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The report also calls for the creation of "a Space Operations Force of career space experts who are trained, promoted and retained as space warfighting professionals" to include engineers, scientists, intelligence experts, operators and strategists.

Pence also attempted to assuage concerns about the vast cost of establishing the new force, saying, "To be clear, the Space Force will not be built from scratch, because the men and women who run and protect our nation's space programs today are already the best in the world", he said.

"There is a threat out there but it's being handled by the US Air Force today".

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.

Pence said the administration is keen on "accountability" and will create a single civilian position reporting to the secretary of defense to oversee the growth and expansion of the new branch. "But we can do this within the US Air Force". "I don't think so".

But 56 years later, space plays a vital role in just about every aspect of modern warfare, with many military technologies reliant on a network of orbiting sensors and satellites. It has 38,000 personnel and operates 185 military satellite systems.

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 USA dismissed it as "fundamentally flawed".

The Pentagon proposal delivered to Congress Thursday lays out plans to consolidate USA warfighting space forces and make organizational changes to boost the acquisition and development of technologies. Nelson, a former astronaut, said in June that the "generals tell me they don't want" a "Space Force", adding "now is not the time to rip the Air Force apart".

"Dodge noted that this space-oriented, sixth military branch makes the most sense now". Initially an assistant secretary of defense for space, this position will be "key to the critical transition to a Secretary of the Space Force in the years ahead", said Pence.

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