Pence launches Space Force, says United States needs to prepare for 'next battlefield'

Mike Pence

"We must have American dominance in space". "Space is essential to the nation's security and prosperity".

"Both nations are also investing heavily in what are known as hypersonic missiles created to fly up to 5 miles per second at such low altitudes that they could potentially evade detection by our missile defense radars", Pence said.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, in a Pentagon address, described the creation of the Space Force as "an idea whose time has come".

Pence argued that the United States did not start this arms race.

"As their actions make clear, our adversaries have transformed space into a war-fighting domain", he said. Let's hope that's the branch's new motto because it's pretty much flawless. The Department of Defense has prepared a report laying out the phases of creating the new branch, which will ultimately have to be reviewed and approved by Congress.

He did, however, say the Pentagon was in "complete agreement" with the White House. Pence says Space Force will debut by 2020 (pending congressional approval). "However, going forward there probably will need to be an increase in resources to buy improved capabilities and more warfighters as the Space Force matures".

The DoD report dated August 9 is titled "Final Report on Organizational and Management Structure for the National Security Space Components of the Department of Defense".

US Vice President Mike Pence: "Just as we've done in ages past, the United States meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield".

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Former astronaut and retired U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly called the venture "redundant and wasteful".

Trump, in an act of support, took to his favourite social medium to tweet the five words 'Space Force all the way!', causing a number of people to question his thought process. Things could get contentious on Capitol Hill as the Space Force issue has taken a more partisan tone.

Mr Trump ordered defence officials in June to "immediately" begin work on establishing the new sixth force.

So, before we can "have the Space Force", as Trump put it, the White House will have to convince lawmakers that the USA really needs it. Many of these items will require changes to US law. "We are in compete agreement, the vice president is the point man for the president on this, we are working closely, daily with his office and with supporters on Capitol Hill and the relevant committees", he said.

Thursday's announcement coincided with a report detailed by the Pentagon on how the newest branch of the U.S. military is set to work.

It's unclear how these changes would be integrated into or exist alongside the creation of a separate Department of the Space Force should Congress authorize its existence next year.

The Defense Department is already active in space, of course, with the Air Force in charge.

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