White House Describes Military 'Space Force,' Aims To Create It By 2020

Military spacecraft like the Air Force's X-37B space plane could be transferred to the proposed Space Force.                  Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

Aldrin, the second man to step on the moon in 1969, announced on Twitter his support for the president's potential extension of the military.

They include establishing civilian oversight for the Space Force and creating a United States Space Command to "improve, evolve and plan space war-fighting".

But just previous year, Mattis voiced skepticism on the need to create a separate Space Force.

A senior official at the White House said the administration plans to work with Congress to introduce by early 2019 a bill that would set up a new military department. Thursday's plan, which requires authorization and funding from Congress, would develop forces to defend satellites from attack and other space-related tasks.

President Donald Trump's administration yesterday outlined an aggressive plan for creating a sixth branch of the United States military by 2020 - a Space Force to better confront emerging security threats - but the proposal will need approval from a divided Congress. "The only person you hear promoting this is the president, so it'd be nice to get a little more of a buy-in from the experts and it doesn't seem like we have that".

In June, Trump ordered the Department of Defense and the Pentagon to being the process of creating a sixth military branch known as Space Force.

[T] he way to address emerging security challenges in space is not to try to carve out another military fiefdom, but to seek holistic, cross-domain, and cross-service solutions.

American defence secretary Jim Mattis endorsed plans to reorganise the military's space fighting forces and create a new command, but has previously opposed launching an expensive separate new service. Those satellites handle intelligence and surveillance, as well as command, control and communication, among other things. He worries that creating an all-new branch will just create more bureaucracy, Brumfiel reports.

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The Pentagon proposal delivered to Congress on Thursday lays out plans to consolidate US warfighting space forces and make organizational changes to boost the acquisition and development of technologies.

Finally, the Pentagon would also establish a US Space Command to be led by a four-star general or flag officer, he said.

"This leader will be key to a critical transition to a fully independent secretary of the space force", Pence added.

The Trump campaign has proven itself skillful at merchandising, with their red baseball cap emblazoned with the campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" becoming one of the most omnipresent symbols of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

The latest example came from former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey on Friday, who claimed Trump "raffled off" the Space Force.

More recently, Mattis expressed support for establishing a new combatant command for space.

"There is a threat out there but it's being handled by the US Air Force today".

But just past year, Mattis voiced skepticism concerning the need to create a separate Space Force.

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