Trump sets goal to create U.S. military Space Force by 2020

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A significant portion of Pence's speech was devoted to arguing that this is the right time for a space force.

The primary aim of establishing a sixth armed service-the others being the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy-is to accelerate the development and deployment of new technologies for space warfighting, Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan told reporters during an engagement after the rollout. Chinese observers said the plan not only built on that idea but demonstrated a determination by his administration to target both domestic opposition and foreign rivals China and Russian Federation.

The Olentangy Orange High School gymnasium again was filled with loud applause. The Air Force, the service which handles most of the military's current space operations, spends some $8.5 billion a year on space-related endeavors, and plans to invest another $44.3 billion in space systems over the next five years. At his inauguration, Trump said that America stands "at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space".

The Space Force plan was praised by iconic American astronaut Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men to land and walk on the surface of the Moon. And he said the administration wants it to be formally established by 2020.

Space is "becoming a contested war-fighting domain", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. The Air Force does this already. An independent branch can't be created until Congress approves it, but the administration can take several steps on its own to prepare for the launch of a new force, the first since the air force was formed shortly after the second world war. And it gives the Air Force another seat at any table for a major military operation.

In June, President Trump said that it wasn't enough for the have a presence in space.

That's a staggering amount of money, and it would only grow with the creation of a new Space Force. The command would be headed by a four-star general who would "be tasked with defending space", said the Post.

Rep. Michael R. Turner votes with Trump 94 percent of the time, according to CQ voting studies. That's a problem for Trump and Pence on this issue.

"The Space force is actually happening". The Trump administration will ask Congress for funding for the branch in February. That gives Florida Sen. It identifies several actions that DoD will take as the nation evolves its space capabilities, "and they are built on the lessons of the past", Pence said. He opted against mentioning Congress.

In the video, the President continued: 'We may even have a Space Force. A unified combatant command known as the U.S. Space Command would be formed by the end of 2018, according to a copy reviewed by Reuters.

Late night TV never runs out of material, thanks to Donald Trump, and on Thursday the hosts took great delight in slamming the USA president's latest announcement for an American space force. Satellites are critical to communication, navigation, and other functions, and they and the systems they talk to on the ground could come under attack in a military conflict. We have the Air Force, we'll have the Space Force.Think of that.