Pence says USA has never needed a 'Space Force' more

Our anchor  reporter Renee Passal covers the V.P.'s arrival

Our anchor reporter Renee Passal covers the V.P.'s arrival WDIO

Vice President Mike Pence announced that the newest branch of the military (and also a bad name for a Sci-Fi TV show), Space Force, would be created by 2020.

In a speech at the Pentagon, the vice president also announced plans to establish a new combatant command - U.S. Space Command - as well as a Space Operations Force and a new joint organization called the Space Development Agency.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has endorsed steps to reorganize the military's space warfighting forces and create a new command, but has previously opposed launching a pricey, new service.

Trump 2020 re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale emailed supporters on Tuesday asking them to vote on a Space Force logo which will be sold later on.

America's "Space Force" is about to become a real thing, despite the many doubters, and it is something one person in particular - the President - is really, really excited about.

The force would be created by 2020, Pence said.

Former Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James says it is a bad idea.

One of the key functions of the new branch would be to aid U.S. forces on the ground and the air force, giving them combat superiority.

Trump in March first announced his desire to create a Space Force, and in June directed the Pentagon to begin creating the new military branch.

The White House has officially laid the groundwork for Space Force, the Trump administration's efforts to expand the US armed forces into outer space.

Needless to say, the idea of having "space warriors", as the Department of Defense so nerdishly calls them, has Twitter exploding with memes and hilarious tweets.

The White House said in a statement that "President Trump knows that space is integral to our American way of life and economic prosperity, and is a vital domain for national defense". "And in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength".

"The U.S. military is big in space, but it's all unmanned satellites", Brumfiel reports.

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.

"There will be no Millennium Falcon, no Jedis or Wookiees we are sad to report", Smith said.

"This report is a step in a multi-year process that we think will result in a safer, stronger America".

"It's not enough to merely have an American presence in space", he said.

Pence stressed the Space Force would allow America to push back against other countries, such as China and Russian Federation, who are starting to test new tech in space.

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