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12 August 2018, 11:49 | Erica Roy
Trump administration tout groundwork for future 'space force'
In an interview with MSNBC, former astronaut, Mark Kelly, echoed Schatz's opinion that Space Force is a "dumb idea".
"The U.S. military is big in space, but it's all unmanned satellites", Brumfiel reports.
Pence said on Thursday that it was an idea "whose time had come" and made clear that the White House wants to get on with the project as soon as possible. These units provide space capabilities including "services, facilities and range safety control for the conduct of DOD [Department of Defense], NASA and commercial launches" of satellties, according to AFSPC's website.
But what is Space Force, and is it really more than a Donald Trump campaign crowd-pleaser?
"Men and women of the [DoD] have pioneered the most groundbreaking discoveries that have literally revolutionized space in our hours of need", he said.
But with Russian Federation and China developing weapons that threaten US satellites and investing in hypersonic technology, Pence said the nation could not afford inaction. 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. The Air Force became the fifth branch of the US armed forces in 1947.
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. The military relies on space technology for various operations, including Global Positioning System, satellite imagery and probes that can detect missile launches.
Currently, China and Russian Federation are America's primary rivals in space.
In the video, the President continued: 'We may even have a Space Force.
Meanwhile, others have argued that it makes sense to form a separate military branch specifically for space.
His 2020 reelection campaign sent a fundraising email on Thursday asking supporters to vote on their favorite Space Force logo for future Trump campaign merchandise, offering a choice of six.
The US military has had a long working relationship with space, Pence said.
But Trump's Space Force would add more than just a competitive presence in space or an additional focus on protection of USA space assets.
Mr. Pence's comments Thursday, along with a detailed Pentagon report explaining how the Space Force will be handled, put an end to that speculation and demonstrate that military leaders - at least publicly - are now in step with the White House on space policy.
The vice president mentioned four major, fundamental steps that the US government will take to create a Space Force. 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.
Just how and if Canada will be drawn into participation in the "Space Force" is still unclear, however.
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