'The next battlefield': Trump wants Space Force by 2020

Pence announces first steps in establishing 'Space Force'

Pence calls for Space Force to be established by 2020

The White House has already been working with Congress to develop the plan, Pence said, and next year's budget would seek funding and authorisation for the new armed service.

Finally, the proposal recommends creating a Space Operations Force consisting of space technology and warfare experts.

In the video, the President continued: 'We may even have a Space Force.

But critics view its creation as an unnecessary and expensive bureaucratic endeavor, a vanity project that simply strips away work already being done effectively by services like the Air Force.

"Now is not the time to rip the Air Force apart".

". As President Trump has said, in his words, it's not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space".

Many retired military officials and some now in the Defense Department privately express reservations about the Space Force as a wholly separate branch of the military. This division will come under the ambit of the Space Force.

He said: "Today we renew the president's call on the Congress of the United States to invest an additional $8 billion in our space security systems over the next five years". But support for the plan within Congress and the military establishment has been far from unanimous. We have the Air Force, we'll have the Space Force.Think of that.

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In a speech to the Defense Department, he said that countries such as Russia, China, North Korea and Iran are pursuing ways to "bring new weapons of war into space itself". The Air Force now oversees some of the most critical space-based capabilities. It identifies several actions that DoD will take as the nation evolves its space capabilities, "and they are built on the lessons of the past", Pence said.

Defence 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.

Over on Twitter, where the mere idea of a "Space Force" was widely mocked, people couldn't help but offer logo concepts they felt were more appropriate.

"Initially the Department will recommend that the Air Force Space Command commander be dual-hatted as commander of the unified command", the report said.

The U.S. Air Force is now responsible for defending American satellites and spacecraft.

"Men and women of the [DoD] have pioneered the most groundbreaking discoveries that have literally revolutionized space in our hours of need", he said.

The Force is with Trump 2020 campaign gear.

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