"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force", he said, repeating Trump's call for Congress to invest an additional $8 billion in U.S. space security systems over the next five years.
After Trump's 2020 reelection campaign sent out a fundraising email asking for supporters to vote on their favourite Space Force logo, the administration also announced that they would be selling merchandise to celebrate plans for the sixth branch of the military. We have the Air Force, we'll have the Space Force.
Space Force gave the late night talk show host a lot of material to work with for Thursday night's episode.
Kelly was referring to the Air Force Space Command, though the group has had different names over the years.
The Air Force has had plenty of time to know this had to be done.
He also said Russian Federation and China were developing weapons, such as hypersonic missiles, to launch attacks from space here on Earth.
The US is a member of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, a document which represents the basic legal framework of global space law.
Critics view the creation of a Space Force as an unnecessary and expensive bureaucratic endeavor and scoff at comparisons to the foundation of the Air Force in 1947. We have the Air Force, we'll have the Space Force. He worries that creating an all-new branch will just create more bureaucracy, Brumfiel reports. It's not clear whether that independent operation will continue and, if so, how these activities will be coordinated with those of the space force.
To provide context, Nasa is a civilian branch of government whereas the Space Force will be a branch of the United States military.
Using satellites, the Space Force will aid other arms of the military by strengthening communications, navigation and providing intelligence to counter adversaries which could use missiles or cyber warfare to target its satellites. He also says that the current system, with the Air Force in charge of military space operations, is not ideal. The military relies on space technology for various operations, including Global Positioning System, satellite imagery and probes that can detect missile launches.
Pence called out the military activities of Russian Federation and China in his speech at the Pentagon today.
In 2007, China launched a missile that tracked and destroyed one of its own satellites, the vice president said. The U.S. already has the largest constellation of military satellites in the world-159 according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, compared to 75 for Russian and 35 for China.
"As President Trump has said, in his words, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space". "There is an anxiety in America that China and Russian Federation are catching up and that they can't afford to lose their advantage in space".
But Trump's Space Force would add more than just a competitive presence in space or an additional focus on protection of US space assets.
Actions by USA adversaries make it clear that space is already a warfighting domain, the vice president said. 'We need to address space as a developing, warfighting domain and a combatant command is certainly one thing that we can establish, ' he said.