Retired Astronaut Says We Don't Need Trump's Space Force

Retired Astronaut Says We Don't Need Trump's Space Force

Retired Astronaut Says We Don't Need Trump's Space Force

This year, Gen. John Hyten, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, said that "rather than going through the difficulty of new organizational constructs, I believe the leadership we have now can execute the missions that we need to".

In terms of practical considerations, Pence mentioned a couple of activities that will be folded into the space force.

David Cicilline, who sits in the House of Representatives, asked if "no Republican" would tell the president "what a dumb idea Space Force is". It is eventually up to politicians to vote to authorise the new branch of the military.

He added, "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". "Next February in the president's budget, we will call on the Congress to marshal the resources we need to stand up".

Officials say that the new command will likely incorporate existing space-focused organizations such as the US Air Force's Space Command, which oversees some 30,000 military and civilian personnel and which is headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Twitter user Chris Miller shared a very compelling recruitment poster featuring a Lego astronaut with the phrase "I want you for Space Force".

"There is a threat out there but it's being handled by the U.S. Air Force today". This would be the first new branch since the Air Force was established in 1947 after World War II. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis threw his support behind that idea on Tuesday. "We have a Navy to protect shipping lanes", she said.

While these events may not represent a coherent plan by an adversary to militarize space, Pence argued that they represent a situation where United States adversaries like China and Russian Federation have already made space what he termed a warfighting domain. If Congress gives the green light to Space Force, the sixth branch of the military could officially be formed as early as 2020. This agency will streamline the process of ensuring the Space Force has the tools and technologies it needs when it needs them. Space Force as a presidential marketing campaign, however, is already blasting off.

But the Department of Defense has identified "five actions that can be taken immediately to begin building the Space Force", according to a fact sheet released by the White House on Thursday.

Pence identified interim steps to creation of the Space Force in two years.

"It is becoming a contested war fighting domain and we have to adapt to that reality", Mattis said as he introduced Pence. Space is vital to the way the United States wages war; The Pentagon's satellites are used for missile-defence warnings, guiding precision munitions, and providing communications and reconnaissance.

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