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'Time has come' for US Space Force, sixth military branch: Pence

'Time has come' for US Space Force, sixth military branch: Pence

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.

In a speech today at the Pentagon, Vice President Mike Pence laid out the Pentagon's report on building the Space Force.

"The Space Force will not be built from scratch.

In a letter to a United States congressman, he said he did "not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations", adding it would create extra bureaucracy and cost.

Pence's speech was timed to coincide with the release of the Pentagon's report to Congress on the recommended organization and management structure of space components for the Department of Defense. Congressional support will be needed to complete this mission, according to CNN.

- Submit to Congress, as part of its 2020 budget request, a legislative proposal for creation of a Space Force as a separate military service. "The only person you hear promoting this is the president, so it'd be nice to get a little more of a buy-in from the experts and it doesn't seem like we have that".

More news: Trump administration calls for 'Space Force' to be established by 2020

"President Trump wants a SPACE FORCE - a groundbreaking endeavour for the future of America and the final frontier", read the email from the Trump campaign.

"The space force is the next and natural evolution of American military strength", Pence said. Writing to Sen. John McCain a year ago, Mattis said that he opposed the creation of "additional organizational layers at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting functions".

The vice president also said the White House was working on establishing bipartisan support. Brian Weeden is a former Air Force officer who now works on space policy for the Secure World Foundation. "This is a process we're in". The command has about 38,000 personnel and operates 185 military satellite systems, including the Global Positioning System and communications and weather satellites.

That said, Congress doesn't appear to share Trump's and Pence's enthusiasm for a Space Force. It also oversees Air Force cyberwarfare.

The new branch will be separate from, but equal to, the five other branches, he said. Rep. Mike Rogers, an Alabama Republican, and Jim Cooper, a Democrat from Tennessee, said in a joint statement that they had been warning for years about the need to beef up military capabilities in space.

Pence identified interim steps to creation of the Space Force in two years. This group would be the core of an eventual Space Force, to be created as a separate military service.


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