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Trump's Space Force Needs $8 Billion Over 5 Years, Pence Says

09 August 2018

"As President Trump has said, in his words, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space - we must have American dominance in space".

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Envisaged as the sixth branch of the American military, the White House wants the Space Force to be created by 2020, the end of Donald Trump's term in office.

The US has detailed Donald Trump's plan for a US Space Force with the Vice President claiming Russian Federation and China have "already" transformed space.

Indeed, insiders say the fact that the Pentagon delayed its long-awaited study on setting up a Space Force - initially scheduled to be released last week - could be evidence of behind-the-scenes dissension between military leaders and political officials inside the Trump administration.

Pence said that the Space Force would not be created from scratch, but rather re-organize existing space programs and personnel.

Twitter took advantage of Vice President Mike Pence's speech at the Pentagon on Thursday to tackle Space Force with sci-fi references.

The Space Force aims to organise, train, and quip people in the interest of space-related national security. The idea would be similar to how special operations forces from across the military services are distributed to various commands. Several steps must be taken to establish the space-centered military branch. It was only seven weeks ago that President Trump directed DoD to begin the process.

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In addition to a Space Operations Command, Pence described plans for a Space Development Agency that would harness innovation in the field and deter bureaucratic drag.

But just a year ago, Mattis voiced skepticism on the need to create a separate Space Force.

While there is broad recognition of the necessity of protecting the US military's assets in space - with satellites playing a central role in modern everyday life and military operations - there remains vigorous debate about the virtues of creating a separate military branch. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has endorsed plans to reorganize the military's space warfighting forces and create a new command, but has previously opposed launching an expensive separate new service.

Any proposal to create a new service would require congressional action.

Meanwhile, others have argued that it makes sense to form a separate military branch specifically for space. That's a big statement. The US Space Force will become the sixth arm. "It is going to be something", President Trump announced at a June meeting of the National Space Council. The command would be headed by a four-star general who would "be tasked with defending space", said the Post.

Twitter user Chris Miller shared a very compelling recruitment poster featuring a Lego astronaut with the phrase "I want you for Space Force".

But the calls for a separate military branch have been met with strong reluctance in some parts of the Pentagon amid concerns that it doesn't need the burdens of a new bureaucracy.

Trump's Space Force Needs $8 Billion Over 5 Years, Pence Says