Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Retired Astronaut Says We Don't Need Trump's Space Force

Retired Astronaut Says We Don't Need Trump's Space Force

A campaign email is asking Trumpers to vote on one of six Space Force logos that will be emblazoned on future Trump campaign items. "The time has come to establish the United States Space Force.While our adversaries have been busy weaponizing space too often we have bureaucratized it and over time our ability to adapt to new and emerging threats has been stifled by needless layers of red tape", Pence said.

Much of the push to formalize an off-planet branch of the US armed forces is motivated by space investment by Russian Federation and China. This person will oversee the Space Force and report to the Secretary of Defense. It already contains a Space Command, which it established in 1982.

Needless to say, the idea of having "space warriors", as the Department of Defense so nerdishly calls them, has Twitter exploding with memes and hilarious tweets.

Pence outlined a series of steps the Pentagon will undertake ahead of the creation of Space Force.

Mattis has endorsed plans to reorganize the military's space forces and create a new command, but had previously opposed launching an expensive separate new service.

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The Trump administration aims to have the Space Force up and running by 2020, Pence said.

"Other nations are seeking to disrupt our space-based systems and challenge American supremacy in space as never before", the vice president said.

Trump's Space Force has stirred plenty of controversy and debate since the President first publicly entertained the idea during a speech in March 2018, when he told us service members that his "new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea".

But 56 years later, space plays a vital role in just about every aspect of modern warfare, with many military technologies reliant on a network of sensors and satellites floating in orbit.

Pence's Pentagon trip coincides with the release of a Department of Defense report to Congress on recommendations for the Space Force.

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Pence said the White House already has been working with Congress to develop the plan.

"There will be no Millennium Falcon, no Jedis or Wookiees we are sad to report", Smith said.

"It's not enough to merely have an American presence in space", he said.

In the meantime, the Space Command would be led by a four-star general, and Pence said a new high-level civilian post - assistant defense secretary for space - would also be created.

Mattis had previously opposed the creation of a separate military branch focused on space, writing to Rep. Mike Turner of OH in July of 2017 that he did "not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations".

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