THE GOAL. According to Pence, "It is not enough to have an American presence in space".
The debate is over.
Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday that the Pentagon is beginning the process of creating a sixth branch of the United States military dedicated to space that will be known as the Space Force.
However Mattis has since echoed support for Trump's position, saying Tuesday that he was "in complete alignment with the president's concern about protecting our assets in space that contribute to our security, to our economy".More news: Tottenham make Premier League history by completing no summer signings
When president John F. Kennedy delivered a speech in 1962 explaining why America was sending men to the Moon, he famously said, "There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet". "Space is essential to the nation's security and prosperity". This force will draw from across the military to provide space expertise in times of crisis and conflict, Pence said.
David Cicilline, who sits in the House of Representatives, asked if "no Republican" would tell the president "what a dumb idea Space Force is".
"As their actions make clear, our advisories have transformed space into a war fighting domain already and the Untied States will not shrink from this challenge".
Given the stakes surrounding building a new branch of the military, the issue is likely to be a political football. 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. The report was to be released last week by Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan but the White House asked for last minute revisions. "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". Senior Pentagon officials opposed the measure, and the plan was shelved.
Trump's Space Force has stirred plenty of controversy and debate since the President first publicly entertained the idea during a speech in March 2018, when he told us service members that his "new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea".More news: Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok, witnesses say buildings have collapsed
Without any new legislation and using existing authorities, DoD will establish several of the component parts of the Space Force.
The US has outlined plans to "prepare for the next battlefield" by creating a new "Space Force" to counter the threat of China and Russian Federation.
Twitter user Chris Miller shared a very compelling recruitment poster featuring a Lego astronaut with the phrase "I want you for Space Force". The proposal would also need Congressional approval.
The creation of the U.S. Space Command.
The report also calls for an acquisition-focused Space Development Agency. We are glad that the Pentagon is finally taking these steps in enhancing our space strength.More news: Ben Schwartz to Voice Sonic the Hedgehog in Live-Action Movie