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Space Force plans blasted with Twitter Star Wars snark

Space Force plans blasted with Twitter Star Wars snark

Vice President Mike Pence called Thursday for the establishment of a Space Force by 2020, while also announcing immediate steps the Department of Defense would take to reform how the military approaches space. Most of the satellites are operated by the Air Force, which is likely to see a decrease in responsibilities after the proposed reorganization.

Monaco Air staff are used to high profile visitors, but said it was a privilege to be able to assist the Vice President on a visit to the Northland. He then revealed that the Department of Defense would release a report later in the day outlining the steps needed to create this new military branch. Initially an assistant secretary of defense for space, this position will be "key to the critical transition to a fully indecent Secretary of the Space Force in the years ahead", said Pence.

If Congress agrees to establish it, the Space Force will be the sixth branch of the USA military.

Pence said that the Space Force would not be created from scratch, but rather re-organize existing space programs and personnel. "But recently, our adversaries have been working to bring new weapons of war into space itself".

Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday announced plans to create a sixth branch of the U.S. military called the U.S. Space Force.

On Thursday, Mattis said "space is one of our vital national interests" and is "no longer a new domain".

As a Hugo-winning scifi writer, I feel qualified to say: The United States needs quality health care for its people far more than it needs a "Space Force".

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"President Trump wants a SPACE FORCE - a groundbreaking endeavor for the future of America and the final frontier", read an email from the Trump campaign.

The defense secretary, Jim Mattis, has endorsed plans to reorganize the military's spacewar fighting forces and create a new command, but has previously opposed launching an expensive separate new service.

The Space Force idea, which Trump first floated publicly in March 2018, has been controversial within military circles.

The U.S. military now consists of five branches - the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard - and a new one hasn't been created since the Air Force got off the ground in 1947. "Today, other nations are seeking to disrupt our space-based systems and challenge our supremacy as never before". "And the United States will not shrink from this challenge", he said. "Space is essential to the nation's security and prosperity".

"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".

The president has made it a priority to "restore America's proud history of leadership in space", Pence said.

"Peace only comes through strength", Pence said.

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