'Time has come' to create U.S. Space Force: Pence

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 9, 2018

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to make an announcement Thursday about a possible "Space Force" addition to the country's military, sources told CNN.

"Earlier this year, Gen John Hyten, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, said that rather than going through the difficulty of new organizational constructs, I believe the leadership we have now can execute the missions that we need to".

"The next generation of Americans to confront the emerging threats in the boundless expanse of space will be wearing the uniform of the United States of America", he said, adding that Congress must now act to establish and fund the department.

U.S. Space Command will be responsible for directing the employment of the Space Force.

Critics view the creation of a Space Force as an unnecessary and expensive bureaucratic endeavor and scoff at comparisons to the establishment of the Air Force in 1947.

A new Space Operations Force will train, promote, and retain personnel to include engineers, scientists, intelligence experts, operators, strategists, and others.

The vice president asserted the administration is seeking to add the new military branch by 2020.

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. Space is vital to the way the United States wages war; The Pentagon's satellites are used for missile-defence warnings, guiding precision munitions, and providing communications and reconnaissance.

The new branch will be separate from, but equal to, the five other branches, he said.

As the US continues to stave off competition and threats from both Russian Federation and China, the White House has decided it will create the US Space Force as a sixth, separate military service by 2020. "This new command ... will establish unified command and control for our Space Force operations, ensure integration across the military, and develop the space warfighting doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures of the future", he said. In June, he directed the Pentagon to begin creating the military branch. That's a big statement.

The Department of Defense is expected to release a report later today "outlining the first stages of our administration's plan to implement the president's guidance and turn his vision into a reality", Pence said. The move could significantly reorganize the military and potentially strip the Air Force of some of its key responsibilities.

In 2007, China launched a missile that tracked and destroyed one of its own satellites, the vice president said.

A new branch of the military would require layers of bureaucracy, military and civilian leaders, uniforms, equipment and an expansive support structure.

"Both nations are also investing heavily in what is known as hypersonic missiles created to fly up to five miles per second at such low altitudes that they could potentially evade detection via our missile defence radars. In fact, China claimed to have made its first successful test of a hypersonic vehicle just last week".

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