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

Mike Pence expected to announce plans for ‘Space Force’ in U.S. military

Mike Pence expected to announce plans for ‘Space Force’ in U.S. military

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.

Recommended News

  • California fire burns its way into history

    California fire burns its way into history

    The weather conditions were reportedly fueling the flames with wind and high temperatures against the dry brush. The Carr Fire was 39 percent contained after killing six people and incinerating 1,067 homes.
    Apple joins clampdown on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

    Apple joins clampdown on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

    He was sued for defamation by families of some of the children killed in that attack, which left 20 children and six adults dead. Jones says his shows, which are broadcast on radio, YouTube and other platforms, reach at least 70 million people a week.
    Trump reinstates Iran sanctions, slams 'horrible' nuclear deal

    Trump reinstates Iran sanctions, slams 'horrible' nuclear deal

    After months of fierce rhetoric, Trump surprised observers last week when he offered to meet with Rouhani without preconditions. Mr Trump believes the economic pressure will force Iran to agree to a new deal and end its "malign" activities.
  • GOP strategist: Trump will be anchor around Republicans' necks in 2020

    GOP strategist: Trump will be anchor around Republicans' necks in 2020

    House seat in a Tuesday special election, point blank why he invited Trump to campaign for him at his event in Delaware County. President Trump is hitting the campaign trail for his third rally this week Saturday, this time, in Lewis Center, Ohio.
    Trump Mueller investigation: President could take LEGAL ACTION against any court demands

    Trump Mueller investigation: President could take LEGAL ACTION against any court demands

    But here's the thing: This is a tweet about how the Trump Tower meeting was totally fine - nothing illegal to see here. In another, he expressed frustration with both the media and Mueller's probe.
    PSG not put off by Kante’s bumper new Chelsea contract

    PSG not put off by Kante’s bumper new Chelsea contract

    His current contract has three years left and normally a new deal would not be offered until next year. Chelsea will not allow Kante to leave for France and the 27-year-old has not asked to go.
  • Oman issues statement on Saudi-Canada stand-off

    Oman issues statement on Saudi-Canada stand-off

    A handful of Canadian companies operate in Saudi Arabia and could potentially be affected by the ongoing trade battle. The report also said all Saudi Arabian students now studying in Canada will be transferred to other countries.
    Elon Musk tweets he has funding to take Tesla private

    Elon Musk tweets he has funding to take Tesla private

    CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter Tuesday that he's thinking about taking Tesla private , sparking a rally in the company's shares. Taking Tesla private "makes a ton of sense", said Gene Munster , a managing partner at venture capital firm Loup Ventures.
    Red tide, dead fish plague tourists

    Red tide, dead fish plague tourists

    She began treating poisoned birds as early as October. "I am on vacation, so I'm trying to make the most out of it". They call it red tide, a phenomenon that's not unusual, but can be very bad for animal life.
  • Khamenei says Iran does not have anything to be concerned about

    Khamenei says Iran does not have anything to be concerned about

    Last month, Trump offered to meet Iran's leaders "without preconditions". 'We stand together to stop Iran's malign activities'. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the visiting North Korean foreign minister the USA can not be trusted.
    Star witness Rick Gates testifies against former boss Paul Manafort

    Star witness Rick Gates testifies against former boss Paul Manafort

    Ellis repeatedly clashed with prosecutors about the relevance of such testimony and once again urged them to speed things along. He has tweeted support for his former campaign manager, suggesting he has been treated worse than gangster Al Capone.
    Google’s Pixel 3 Could Be Announced On October 4

    Google’s Pixel 3 Could Be Announced On October 4

    At the time of publishing, we could not see Android 9 Pie update on our Pixel 2 XL , which is already running Android P Beta 4. That is also where you will find the system images containing the the new security update for the six aforementioned handsets.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.