Associated Press Pentagon chief Mattis defends his reversal on Space Force

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 15, 2018

Carrey shared a picture of his cartoon on Twitter, depicting the president in a space suit, alongside Mr Pence.

"What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial", said Pence.

But if the AFSPC is already dedicated to space, why do we need a Space Force?

Actions by USA adversaries make it clear that space is already a warfighting domain, the vice president said. Dodge said it would "free up the Air Force to focus on what it does best", as the new branch addressed issues unique to space. At the same time, other experts believe that the creation of a separate military branch for space appropriate.

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence revealed a detailed plan on the introduction of the space forces, the creation of which trump suggested during his speech at the Pentagon. Previously, the USA military has relied on the Air Force to conduct any operations in space, mainly being providing surveillance for on-ground support through the use of launched satellites into Earth's orbit.

"For many years, nations from Russian Federation and China to North Korea and Iran have pursued weapons to jam, blind and disable our navigation and communications satellites via electronic attacks from the ground", Pence said.

In every domain, America will always seek peace, the vice president said. "We will be so far ahead of them in a very short period of time your head will spin".

Despite the obstacles in the way for establishing a new branch of the military, it seems Pence is determined to make it a reality.

The Space Force would essentially serve the same objective, but for space.

The United States is a signatory to the 1967 Space Treaty, which prohibits the stockpiling of weapons of mass destruction in space and authorizes the colonization of the Moon and other celestial bodies exclusively for the objective of peaceful. The administration will then work with Congress to create the Space Force through the use of the National Defense Authorization Act, which outlines the annual budget and policies of the Department of Department, which the Space Force would fall under.

This fourth addition could be what most differentiates the Space Force from the AFSPC.

"China even launched a new military division to oversee its war-fighting programs in space", Trump said during a speech at Fort Drum, N.Y., which marked the signing of the annual defense policy bill. This could be a military astronaut corps, though the specific roles of these war fighters have yet to be defined.

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