Space Force plans blasted with Twitter Star Wars snark

President Donald Trump, who regularly touts the Space Force in his rallies to loud cheers from his supporters, tweeted: "Space Force all the way!" after Pence's speech.

The creation of a role called the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space.

Trump first broached the idea in March, reviving a debate that began nearly 20 years ago about whether the Pentagon's space activities should be moved to a new command.

It says the department will establish a Space Command to develop warfighting operations, a Space Development Agency to more quickly identify and develop new technologies, a Space Operations Force of leaders and fighters and a new support structure.

On Thursday morning, Vice President made a pitch for the sixth branch of the military dedicated to space.

"This idea seems to have come from one person who is not a space of military expert".

He said that the report "identifies concrete steps that our administration will take to lay the foundation for a new Department of the Space Force".

Mattis stopped short of giving a wholehearted endorsement of the Space Force as a separate branch, however.

In June, President Donald Trump called for the establishment of the sixth armed service, to join the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard.

Trump's Space Force plan would go even further, creating a new branch with both a new member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a political appointee serving as a service secretary.

Mr Trump - who tweeted "Space Force all the way!" on Thursday - and his supporters point to how adversaries such as China and Russian Federation are increasingly deploying satellites as proof that action is needed.

In addition to the planned authorization of an additional $8 billion for investment in space, Pence said the president's fiscal 2020 budget proposal next February will contain resources to begin building the Department of the Space Force in earnest.

The second and more pressing problem is the lack of USA space capability.

Mike Pence said the USA "will always seek peace in space as on the earth" but warned America would not "shrink from this challenge".

We'll keep you posted with all of the new developments surrounding space force. He then revealed that the Department of Defense would release a report later in the day outlining the steps needed to create this new military branch. "I don't think so". Satellites provide communications, navigation, intelligence and other services vital to the military and the national economy. The Air Force in particular might lose key responsibilities.

Pence also announced their intent to set up a new combatant command. Now such issues largely fall under the Air Force.

The vast U.S. military divides the globe into various commands, such as Central Command in the Middle East or Indo-Pacific Command in Asia, and so a new Space Command would be on an equal footing with these.

  • Tracy Klein