Pence launches Space Force, says United States needs to prepare for 'next battlefield'

Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Duluth on Wednesday morning and greeted supporters

Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Duluth on Wednesday morning and greeted supporters

US Vice President Mike Pence: "Just as we've done in ages past, the United States meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield".

The debate is over.

Kelly, who has a twin brother Mark, told Baldwin "this idea seems to have come from one person who is not a space or military expert" - President Trump - and "a longer discussion" was needed on the issue.

A significant portion of Pence's speech was devoted to arguing that this is the right time for a space force.

Military officials are concerned about threats posed by China and Russian Federation in particular.

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

The Air Force, the newest of the armed services dating to 1947, has the largest stake in space.

The new branch will be separate from, but equal to, the five other branches, he said.

Establishing a new military service geared at space would be a massive undertaking and require action from Congress both to establish the service and provide funding. Nobody in the Pentagon believes creating a Space Force makes sense. But there's still a lot unspecified regarding whether non-defense space activities, such as those pursued by the NSA, will be affected by the changes.




Star Wars fan and comedy writer Brian Santa Maria is hoping that camping out for Star Wars: Episode I tickets back in 1999 will now qualify him for a Space Force GI Bill. "Next February, in the president's budget, we will call on the Congress to marshal the resources we need to stand up the Space Force, and before the end of next year, our administration will work with the congress to enact the statutory authority for the space force in the National Defense Authorization Act", he said.

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.

Still, the proposal faces an uncertain fate in Congress, particularly if Democrats capture either the House or Senate in November elections.

Without any new legislation and using existing authorities, DoD will establish several of the component parts of the Space Force.

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".

The vice president asserted the administration is seeking to add the new military branch by 2020. 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.

The creation of the U.S. Space Command.

Congress' most ardent proponents of a separate service for space commended Pence's remarks. "Too many important missions at stake", he tweeted in June.

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