Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

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

Pence Will Reveal Trump's'Space Force Plan Today Watch It Live Mike Pence expected to announce plans for ‘Space Force’ in U.S. military
Faye Gross | 10 August, 2018, 00:32

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".

But the plan to create an entirely new branch of the military has rankled some in the Pentagon, who say it is unnecessary and that the Air Force has for years looked after the nation's interests in orbit.

Pence said the new agency would help the Department of Defense "break free from ineffective and duplicative bureaucratic structures".

He laid out what the USA perceived as threats from Moscow and Beijing in particular, who are developing new weapons for use in space as well as improving their ability to counter existing systems, such as GPS. Currently, a three-star Space Command falls under the Air Force, headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado responsible for 30,000 personnel worldwide. "The Space Force is the next and natural evolution of American military strength". We are glad that the Pentagon is finally taking these steps in enhancing our space strength.

The proposed sixth branch of the USA military will "confront the emerging threats in the boundless expanse of space" according to Pence.

"This is a critical step toward's establishing the Space Force as the sixth branch of our armed forces".

"The U.S. military is big in space, but it's all unmanned satellites", Brumfiel reports.

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The vice president asserted the administration is seeking to add the new military branch by 2020. A Department of the Space Force would likely have similar responsibilities to the other services, which is to train and equip their service members for military operations around the globe that are controlled by combatant commands.

Trump marked Pence's announcement with a tweet: "Space Force all the way!" The new branch would need to compete for money with other big, politically protected Defense Department priorities that Congress already funds. While this does allow a variety of conventional weapons in space, practical considerations should limit things like anti-satellite weapons, which have the potential to create debris fields that limit access to space by all nations.

Pence's Pentagon trip coincides with the release of a Department of Defense report to Congress on recommendations for the Space Force. "And the United States will not shrink from this challenge", he said.

Pence said the White House already has been working with Congress to develop the plan. These would include a secretary of the Space Force, which will eventually reach the same status as the secretary of the Army or Navy and have a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. At the time, Defense Secretary James Mattis was against the idea of a sixth branch.

Mr Trump "knows that space is integral to our American way of life and economic prosperity and is a vital domain for national defence" while, under his direction, the USA is "reclaiming its heritage as the world's greatest space-faring nation", the White House said.

Over the past several weeks, there was widespread speculation that the Pentagon would pursue half-measures - such as establishing a unified space command - but avoid creating an entirely new service.

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