Space Force: Pence details plans for creation of 6th military branch

Space Force: Pence details plans for creation of 6th military branch

After the president declared in June his bold plans to create a sixth branch of the military, Bloomberg Businessweek asked eight renowned graphic designers to come up with their own logos for Space Force.

Today Vice President Mike Pence travelled to "military central", the Pentagon, and laid out an ambitious plan to establish a "Space Force" as the sixth branch of the U.S. military.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, in an address at the Pentagon, described the Space Force as 'an idea whose time has come'. The change, which would require approval from Congress, would be a dramatic change in the organization of the Defense Department.

Trump said in June that he was moving to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the USA armed forces.

The Hill and a reporter for NBC News tweeted out screenshots of the campaign email containing the designs, prompting a torrent of reactions from the president's critics.

"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.

At present, the US Air Force Space Command looks after space power and air force cyberwarfare.

Over the past several weeks, there was widespread speculation that the Pentagon would pursue half-measures - such as establishing a unified space command - but avoid creating an entirely new service. During the 1980s, in the wake of the Iran hostage crisis and with terrorism an issue around the world, there were proposals in Congress to create a sixth branch to handle "special operations", but the idea was ultimately rejected.

On Thursday, Pence called for the establishment of a Space Force by 2020 and noted the Department of Defense would be taking to steps to reform the military's approach to space. But China has been catching up in terms of space capabilities, establishing a "Strategic Support Force" as a separate service in 2015, which has a space corps to execute missions in the new sphere.

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President Donald Trump's re-election team seized on his administration's push for a "Space Force" on Thursday, pledging to sell branded merchandise to his supporters.

Former Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James says it is a bad idea.

The Pentagon's role in space has been under scrutiny because of a recognition that the United States is increasingly reliant on satellites that are hard to protect in space. The United States, then, is left with two options: compete in this developing battlespace or be left at a significant disadvantage.

There is spaceship logo surrounded with red and navy stars. China also has demonstrated the ability to hit satellites in a much deeper orbit where the military parks some of its most sensitive assets.

Should Trump proceed with this plan of action he would be creating the first new military branch since the Air Force was spun off from the Army in 1947.

Boosting its space capabilities further would allow the country to identify and target distant forces, improve surveillance and restrict enemy access to strategic locations, the report said.

The "Space Force" (I can't not put that in quotation marks) may even implicate Canada. If approved by Congress, the Space Force could be ready by 2020, he added.

But just a year ago, Mattis voiced skepticism concerning the need to create a separate Space Force. Not better support for armed forces veterans. Wilson was travelling on business and not at the Pentagon when Pence made his announcement.

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