DOD releases 4-part plan for Space Force

Howard TerryAug 13, 2018

Actions by USA adversaries make it clear that space is already a warfighting domain, the vice president said.

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

Pence reiterated President Trump's calls for American dominance in space in the face of threats to satellites and other areas from foreign adversaries such as China and Russian Federation.

"Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America's best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation", Pence said.

But unlike another one of the president's highly publicized, seemingly improvisational ideas - the see-through, solar-paneled border wall - the Space Force moved a step closer to becoming a real thing this week.

Others were a bit more apprehensive about the proposal, and they provided plenty of space-related jokes, including a few Hollywood-inspired quips.

It would require a new headquarters and major organizational changes. Some objections to the creation of a Space Force arise from concerns that it would strip resources from existing military branches already pursuing these missions, especially the Air Force.

Dempsey is hardly the only military figure to exhibit skepticism surrounding the Space Force, as even Defense Secretary James Mattis has expressed reservations.

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

Democratic Senator Brian Schatz said Space Force "won t happen".

The Pentagon proposal delivered to Congress on Thursday lays out plans to consolidate USA warfighting space forces and make organizational changes to boost the acquisition and development of technologies.

The Pentagon report included interim steps including creating a unified combatant command, known as the US Space Command, by the end of 2018, according to a copy reviewed by Reuters. That includes everything from satellites enabling the Global Positioning System to sensors that help track missile launches.

The vice president then outlined the proposal, which is being delivered to Congress because the creation of a new military branch requires congressional action. It is a process we're in.

"There is a threat out there but it's being handled by the US Air Force today".

Mr Trump marked Pence's announcement with a tweet: "Space Force all the way!"

But he, too, isn't convinced that a Space Force is the answer.

"Creating a separate service will just add to dysfunction at the Defense Department", he said.

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