VP Pence Rallies Support for US Space Force

Mike Pence expected to announce plans for ‘Space Force’ in U.S. military

Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel posted a Space Force recruitment video that aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live along with the message, "Enlist in the #SpaceForce NOW!"

Space Force as the sixth branch of the military, Vice President Mike Pence said.

Pence says it's needed to ensure America's dominance in space amid heightened competition and threats from China and Russian Federation.

"It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space", he said to applause.

For years, the Pentagon has been warning about how space has become a contested domain of war, just like the land, air and sea.

Mr. Mattis added that he's been in close consultation with Mr. Pence, who heads the White House's National Space Council, and other top administration officials.

The United States will have a Space Force as a separate branch of the military.

In just two years the United States plans to have a new military programme geared towards space.

The creation of a Space Force has met with opposition, inside and out of the Pentagon.

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Trump, in an act of support, took to his favourite social medium to tweet the five words 'Space Force all the way!', causing a number of people to question his thought process. "This report reviews the national security space activities within the Department of Defense, and it identifies concrete steps that our administration will take to lay the foundation for a new department of the Space Force". Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said in a memo a year ago to Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, that he opposed "the creation of a new military service and additional organisational layers at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting functions".

Former astronaut and retired U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly on Thursday said a separate military branch devoted to space was redundant and wasteful, and that while Pence was right about the threats in outer space, the military was already handling them.

"America will always seek peace, in space as on earth", Pence said.

"There's not a mission today that we do in the military that doesn't in some way depend upon space", Air Force Sec.

Despite no details, and no timetable, the Space Force will require congressional approval.

In 2007, China launched a missile that tracked and destroyed one of its own satellites, the vice president said.

"Both nations are also investing heavily in what is known as hypersonic missiles created to fly up to five miles per second at such low altitudes that they could potentially evade detection via our missile defence radars". The move could significantly reorganize the military and potentially strip the Air Force of some of its key responsibilities. "But history proves that peace only comes through strength", he added.

Opinions on the Space Force in Congress have been divided.

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