Stephen Colbert calls Trump's Space Force 'stupid,' says 'we already have NASA'

Susan Walsh  AP

In a speech on Thursday, Vice President Pence announced that they're moving forward with the establishment of the United States "Space Force".

As Colbert moved onto Pence's widely-mocked speech to the Defense Department, he imagined what it would've been like if John F. Kennedy used his famous "we choose to go to the moon" speech in the context of the Trump era. "Until we have those same needs in space, the Air Force and the other services are doing all the things we need to do". "We want to deter that conflict from happening", but "space is not a benign domain".

Pence outlined a series of steps the Pentagon will undertake before Space Force comes online.

The announcement follows a seven-week review by DoD, directed by President Donald J. Trump, of "the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces".

Trump's critics outside the Republican party, however, took a less romanticized view of the idea of a space force, saying it could divert resources from areas like health care-or even flat out calling it a "dumb idea".

The early version of the U.S. Air Force existed as the U.S. Army Air Corps, an aerial warfare sector of the U.S. Army.

But one former senior Air Force official disagreed that the Air Force is to blame, instead laying responsibility on congressional budget cuts and slow decision-making by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

However, before it gets off the ground - Space Force still needs Congress to pass new legislation.

Given the stakes surrounding building a new military branch, the issue is likely to be a political football. The July 30 draft included a list of immediate actions DoD would take, such as standing up a unified Space Command, establishing a Space Operations Force and creating a Space Development Agency to oversee technology efforts.

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In a Pentagon address, Vice President Mike Pence spoke of a stronger, safer America, highlighting emerging threats from Russian Federation and China. Russian Federation has also tested a missile that could be used to track and destroy satellites. With the end of shuttle missions in 2011, America pays Russian Federation to launch USA astronauts into space.

Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea have spent years developing technologies to disrupt, jam, and blind American satellites that serve as the eyes and ears of the USA armed forces around the world. Minutes later, however, when he declared American military personnel who focus on space operations and systems "the best", they reacted with loud applause.

To further anger Trump, America became reliant on others up there in the space of space.

"Like the other military branches, the Space Force will organize, train, and equip forces to protect national security interests in the physical domain of space".

US Vice President Mike Pence, in a Pentagon address, described the creation of the Space Force as "an idea whose time has come".

According to the Washington Post, the first of these steps is to establish a U.S. Space Command.

Some members of Congress advocated past year for creating a Space Corps in the Air Force Department, similar to how the Marine Corps is part of the Navy Department.

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