Space Force to become sixth branch of armed forces

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Now the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence said: "Well, too often, the previous administrations have neglected the growing security threats that are emerging in space, President Trump stated clearly and forcefully". At the meeting of the National Council on space, he said: "we are cosmic forces".

Actions by USA adversaries make it clear that space is already a warfighting domain, the vice president said. "Creating a new branch of the military is not a simple process", Pence said during his speech. These new elite military personnel would become the newly minted Space Operations Force.

Critics of making space a separate branch of the military say it would entail more bureaucracy and cost.

Trump's tweet, coupled with the fact that his supporters have reportedly broken out in "space force" chants during recent rallies, have clearly been the flawless fodder for Twitter's meme creators, but it appears likely that neither the memes nor the backlash will be coming to an end any time soon. Both countries have tested anti-satellite technology in the past and are actively pursuing hypersonic weapons that surpass current missile-defense capabilities, Pence said.

However, Congress has already passed the NDAA for the fiscal year of 2019, and it was devoid of any language alluding to the creation of the Space Force. "This new command ... will establish unified command and control for our Space Force operations, ensure integration across the military, and develop the space warfighting doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures of the future", he said.

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But Trump's tweet was relatively sparse given just how much he has been advocating for the creation of a Space Force. "We must have American dominance in space".

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday he is satisfied that creating a Space Force as a separate military service is the right way to reorganize the Pentagon's approach to space.

The administration of the trump intends to launch a space force by 2020.

Critics believe that such forces will be a hindrance to space command of US air force, which is now responsible for military operations in space.

For months, Donald Trump has been calling for a sixth branch of the military that would be equipped to fight wars in space - and he's on his way to getting his wish.

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