Monday, 10 December, 2018

Trump's Space Force Needs $8 Billion Over 5 Years, Pence Says

Pentagon to create new command for fighting in space but resists Trump's proposed 'space force' President Trump’s plan for a new military service focused on space-based operations faces an uncertain future
Ellis Copeland | 09 August, 2018, 23:40

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

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

The Pentagon is laying the groundwork for a future Space Force, moving closer to an order from President Trump earlier this summer to create a sixth branch of the armed forces.

Military leaders have said repeatedly that modern warfare depends on space.

First, the report calls for the creation of the U.S. Space Command, a new unified combatant command for space. "We must have American dominance in space".

As a Hugo-winning scifi writer, I feel qualified to say: The United States needs quality health care for its people far more than it needs a "Space Force".

The White House said in a statement that "President Trump knows that space is integral to our American way of life and economic prosperity, and is a vital domain for national defense".

In attendance were Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, and National Guard Bureau Chief Air Force Gen. Sean Lengyel.

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The vice president asserted the administration is seeking to add the new military branch by 2020.

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson has said such a move would "rip the Air Force apart". "It's risky to have a leader who can not be talked out of insane ideas".

Finally, the report calls for clear lines of responsibility and accountability to manage the process of establishing and growing the Space Force, including the appointment of an assistant secretary of defense for space, the vice president said. He hailed a new report by the Pentagon on the force as a starting point. And Russia is working on an airborne laser to disrupt space-based systems, he added.

What's changed since then is that Trump has become increasingly focused on the subject and concluded that a new military branch is needed. "However, going forward there probably will need to be an increase in resources to buy improved capabilities and more warfighters as the Space Force matures".

"It is imperative that the United States adapts its policies, doctrine, and capabilities to protect our interests", the document states.

"History proves that peace only comes through strength, and in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength in the years ahead", the veep said during a speech at the Pentagon.

WASHINGTON-Faced with growing competition and threats from Russian Federation and China, the White House on Thursday said it will create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military service by 2020.

Congress would have to approve a new military service, and lawmakers have been divided on the idea.

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