Donald Trump sets goal to create US military Space Force by 2020

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

US President Donald Trump is really, truly serious about starting up a Space Force as a separate branch of the military.

"Both nations are also investing heavily in what are known as hypersonic missiles created to fly up to 5 miles per second at such low altitudes that they could potentially evade detection by our missile defense radars", Pence said.

But Pence was unequivocal in presenting the administration's wish for it to become a reality - preferably by 2020, the end of Trump's term in office.

"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force", he said, repeating Trump's call for Congress to invest an additional US$8 billion in U.S. space security systems over the next five years.

But the plan to create an entirely new branch of the service 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.

For the Air Force, the realignment could mean surrendering control of existing space assets, satellites, launch sites and other ground operations to the new command. On Thursday, Pence said that the administration will work with Congress on the plan, and will outline a budget next year. Space is vital to the way the United States wages war; The Pentagon's satellites are used for missile-defence warnings, guiding precision munitions, and providing communications and reconnaissance.

He says advances by China and Russian Federation have increased the need for the U.S.to elevate its space efforts.

"Both China and Russian Federation have been conducting highly sophisticated "on-orbit" activities that could enable them to maneuver their satellites into close proximity with ours, posing unprecedented new dangers to our space systems", Pence said.

"When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space".

Space warfare capabilities are now overseen by the US Air Force.

"Creating a new branch of the military is not a simple process", Pence noted. "We are going to have the Space Force", he said during a meeting of the National Space Council.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis had also disapproved of the idea in the past, saying a year ago he opposed creating additional bureaucracy at the Pentagon. "It's risky to have a leader who can not be talked out of insane ideas".

In a speech at the Pentagon, Pence the new Space Force would be established by 2020.

It would require a new headquarters and major organisational changes.

Trump, in an act of support, took to his favourite social medium to tweet the five words 'Space Force all the way!', causing a number of people to question his thought process.

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.

In a speech at the Pentagon, Pence warned of the advancements that potential adversaries were making and issued what amounted to a call to arms to preserve the military's dominance in space.

Any plan by the White House to create a new military service would need congressional action.

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