The Real Reason For Trump's New 'Space Force'

The Real Reason For Trump's New 'Space Force'

The Real Reason For Trump's New 'Space Force'

President Donald Trump ordered the creation of Space Force in June, arguing the Pentagon needs it to tackle vulnerabilities in space and assert United States dominance in orbit.

To establish the sixth branch, the White House would need the approval of Congress. In a letter to Congress a year ago, Secretary James Mattis said he opposed the idea of a separate force, arguing that it would "likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations" and said that a "properly integrated approach is better for carrying out this mission".

"In an impassioned address, he said that space was no longer a "peaceful sanctuary but a domain of conflict" and it was in the national interest to ensure that the United States "[adapts] to that reality".

One of the arguments in favour of devoting more resources to a Space Force or Space Command is that American rivals like Russian Federation and China appear increasingly ready to strike USA space-based capabilities in the event of a conflict. Both countries have tested anti-satellite technology in the past and are actively pursuing hypersonic weapons that surpass current missile-defense capabilities, Pence said. It has 38,000 personnel and operates 185 military satellite systems.

"Our adversaries have transformed space into a warfighting domain already".

It's a venture that had an excited President Trump tweeting: "Space Force all the way!"

The 59-year-old US Vice President claimed a space force was required to ensure America's "dominance" in space, amid growing antagonism and threats from China and Russian Federation.

Trump followed through on that vision by reviving the National Space Council in 2017, an entity that lay dormant for almost a quarter-century.

In every domain, America will always seek peace, the vice president said.

Vice President Mike Pence gestures during an event on the creation of a U. S. Space Force, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at the Pentagon. "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. "We have got to adapt to that reality".

While the establishment of a new military service would require legislation to be passed by Congress, Pence's strong endorsement could signal new momentum for the creation of the first new branch of the armed forces since the Air Force was established in the 1940s. This would be civilian-led.

Washington is also an undisputed leader in space, having amassed the largest fleet of satellites in the world over the course of six decades.

Alongside the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, it will comprise the sixth arm of the US armed forces.

The U.S. intelligence agencies reported earlier this year that Russian Federation and China are pursuing "nondestructive and destructive" anti-satellite weapons for use during a future war. The Trump administration is seeking $8 billion in funding for space security systems over the next five years.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, in an address at the Pentagon, described the Space Force as 'an idea whose time has come'.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said this week that Pence is Trump's "point man" for Space Force, and Pentagon officials are working closely with his office.

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