US Space Force Proposal Outlined - President Tweets Enthusiasm For Plan

Vice President Pence provides details about formation of proposed 'Space Force'

The Trump administration wants to funnel $8bn of taxpayers' cash over five years to its buddies in the military contracting world construct and equip America's Space Force.

Critics note that the creation of a new military branch would require congressional legislation, and that it would probably balloon the Department of Defense's already massive budget.

Citing Russia and China, he said that for years U.S. adversaries have "pursued weapons to jam, blind and disable our navigation and communication satellites via electronic attacks from the ground". In a letter to Congress past year, Secretary James Mattis said he opposed the idea of a separate force, arguing that it would "likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations" and said that a "properly integrated approach is better for carrying out this mission".

"Maybe, just maybe, we should make sure our people are not dying because they lack health insurance before we start spending billions to militarize outer space", Vermont senator Bernie Sanders said on Twitter. Nearly as if their ultimate aim here is to profit whether or not the Space Force ends up being approved. Criticism of a space branch levied by Defense Secretary James Mattis and others in the past have all been regarding the administrative and logistical expenses associated with the establishment of any new branch, not with its intended responsibilities.

The new command would pull space experts from across the armed services, and there would be a separate acquisitions office, dedicated to buying satellites and developing new technology to help the military win wars in space. They'll also create a United States Space Command and a Space Development Agency, and appoint an assistant secretary of defense for space.

The reality: You can get the visions of humans fighting in space right out of your head-what's being proposed is an Earth-based group to protect American satellites.

The Space Force will be a separate department of the U.S. military rather than the sub-section of an existing one.

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First, the report calls for the creation of the U.S. Space Command, a new unified combatant command for space. On the 15th of August, 1998, it was re-designated Air Force Space Command Space Operations Squadron - and it's rolling with the emblem you see here. "The first American rockets in space were launched by our military".

He Qisong, a space security expert in Shanghai, said China should try to ease United States anxiety by making diplomatic efforts to prevent the militarisation of space and opening its Tiangong-2 space station to the global community. Trump, the champion of the plan, tweeted: "Space Force all the way!"

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had once been opposed to the idea but now appears to be in favour. The Air Force became the fifth branch of the US armed forces in 1947. "The Space Force will accelerate and unify the Department's space efforts and enable the delivery of next-generation space capabilities faster than potential adversaries can evolve", the Pentagon says in its report.

The announcement of the planned creation of a sixth branch of the United States military by 2020, to be known as the Space Force, has been met with scepticism, with critics viewing it as an unnecessary and expensive bureaucratic endeavour. But the Air Force's growth took place while it was still the Army Air Corps; its current status was only granted afterward.

Trump has repeatedly clarified his desire that his nation be unsurpassed in space supremacy, and he is willing to ignore the 1967 Outer Space treaty and the 1979 Moon treaty to do so.

China and Russian Federation have had significant achievements in space - they have tested technology to shoot down satellites.

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