What is Trump’s proposed U.S. Space Force?

Pence announces first steps in establishing 'Space Force'

Congress, which would need to authorize the creation of a new branch of the military, did not provide funding for the Space Force in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, and the administration said it will request funding in the president's 2020 budget set for release in February.

Aldrin, the second man to step on the moon in 1969, announced on Twitter his support for the president's potential extension of the military. In his speech today, Pence said part of the reason is that space is becoming a battleground. In addition to angry comments denouncing the very idea and several attempts at memes, the responses contained alternate proposals for a Space Force logo - including the Federation symbol from Star Trek and the Galactic Empire logo from Star Wars.

Mattis once voiced opposition to creating a new branch of the USA military to focus on space-based military assets, saying in a 2017 letter to a lawmaker that would likely "present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations".

"It is time to write the next chapter in the history of our armed forces to prepare for the next battlefield where the best and courageous Americans will be called upon to prevent and defeat a new wave of threats against our people and our nation "Pence said in a speech to the military at the Pentagon".

The creation of Space Force is not a done deal, as it first needs to be approved by Congress., and it has met with some skepticism from lawmakers and defense officials who are wary of the cost and added bureaucracy.

Actions by US adversaries make it clear that space is already a warfighting domain, the vice president said. "The only person you hear promoting this is the president, so it'd be nice to get a little more of a buy-in from the experts and it doesn't seem like we have that".

The announcement follows a seven-week review by DoD, directed by President Donald J. Trump, of "the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces".

Mr Pence said that the U.S. administration will work with congress on the plan, and will outline a budget next year.

The Pentagon proposal delivered to Congress on Thursday lays out plans to consolidate USA warfighting space forces and make organizational changes to boost the acquisition and development of technologies.

"We need to address space as a developing war fighting domain and a combatant command is certainly one thing that we can - we can establish", Mattis told reporters.

On Tuesday, however, Mattis expressed full support for creating a new US Space Command. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., and Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., leaders of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, said in a statement.

"We are glad that the Pentagon is finally taking these steps in enhancing our space strength", Reps. Brian Weeden is a former Air Force officer who now works on space policy for the Secure World Foundation. 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, after all, is run by pilots, not astronauts.

That said, Congress doesn't appear to share Trump's and Pence's enthusiasm for a Space Force.

"Creating a separate service will just add to dysfunction at the Defense Department", he said.

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

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