Trump sets goal to create U.S. military Space Force by 2020

Pentagon to create new command for fighting in space but resists Trump's proposed 'space force'

Pence noted the administration is already working with Congress and the president will be requesting resources for the Space Force in February's budget.

The vice president of the United States set an ambitious timeline for the creation of a Department of the Space Force as an independent branch of the military Thursday, saying it would be established by 2020, ultimately with a dedicated civilian service secretary.

But the plan to create an entirely new branch of the service has rankled some in the Pentagon, who say it is unnecessary, and that the Air Force has for years looked after the nation's interests in orbit.

The proposed sixth branch of the USA military will "confront the emerging threats in the boundless expanse of space" according to Pence. "We must have American dominance in space".

Mr Trump - who tweeted "Space Force all the way!" on Thursday - and his supporters point to how adversaries such as China and Russian Federation are increasingly deploying satellites as proof that action is needed. "But if the White House gets its way, in this special case, there will be a Space Force". Let's hope that's the branch's new motto because it's pretty much ideal. The US Space Force will become the sixth arm. "It's risky to have a leader who can not be talked out of insane ideas".

"We are glad that the Pentagon is finally taking these steps in enhancing our space strength", Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama and Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, said in a statement following the report's release.

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Mr Pence cited the threat of China and Russian Federation as a basis for establishing the new military branch, claiming both Beijing and Moscow are "aggressively" developing anti-satellite capabilities.

The Pentagon sent a report to Congress on Tuesday detailing steps towards meeting Trump's order. "The Space Force will protect our economy through deterrence of malicious activities, ensure our space systems meet national security requirements, and provide vital capabilities to joint and coalition forces".

"The only person that I've heard say this is a fantastic idea is the commander in chief, the president of the United States", Kelly said.

"What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial, today other nations are seeking to disrupt our space based systems and challenge American supremacy in space", Pence said.

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 creation of a new branch of the military - the first since the Air Force was created in the wake of World War II in 1947 - could require a significant reorganisation of the Pentagon.

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