'Time has come' for US Space Force, 6th military branch: Mike Pence

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

The new force would likely be carved out a chunk of the Air Force, creating two smaller, weaker services, according to military analysts.

Pence cited new threats the USA faces in space, particularly from Russian Federation and China. "And so we will", Pence said.

Pence: "The time has come to establish the United States Space Force".

"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.

"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.

The Pentagon report said that the military should be "prepared to deploy teams of space experts to the U.S. European Command and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command no later than summer of 2019". But the Air Force's growth took place while it was still the Army Air Corps; its current status was only granted afterward.

Donald Trump's goal of creating a new military branch has yet to take off, but his campaign is hoping it will fill their coffers to infinity and beyond.

Mr Trump's plans for a Space Force require approval by Congress, with a budget for the scheme to be outlined next year.

"I would assume it's billions", he said.

Critics, even those who agree with the strategic significance of space, argue that creating a Space Force is "an unnecessary and expensive bureaucratic endeavor", as Reuters put it.

"Eventually, it'll settle out, but you will go through years of thrashing. I don't. I wouldn't vote in favor of it". He also argued that the USA military must match that activity to defend American interests in space.

According to the vice-president, Russian Federation is developing airborne lasers "to disrupt our space-based systems" while China has the capability to destroy satellites with missiles.

The Space Force would ultimately become the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and would be equal to the other five, Pence said.

The idea of a Space Force was first brought before Congress in 2017, said ABC. In the second phase the Pentagon would combine all the components into the new sixth branch of service. Once Space Force merchandise hits the Trump campaign store, it won't be long before it starts showing up at Trump rallies.

"Just as we've done in ages past, the United States meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield", he said.

The Pentagon report recommended that for now the unified command be in the hands of the Air Force, which currently oversees some of the most critical space-based capabilities. The command has about 38,000 personnel and operates 185 military satellite systems, including the Global Positioning System and communications and weather satellites. The Air Force in particular might lose key responsibilities.

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