In a Pentagon address, Vice President Mike Pence spoke of a stronger, safer America, highlighting emerging threats from Russian Federation and China. In a letter to Congress a year ago, Secretary James Mattis said he opposed the idea of a separate force, arguing that it would "likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations" and said that a "properly integrated approach is better for carrying out this mission".
"It's not enough to merely have an American presence in space", he said. It will pull people from across other areas of the military to "provide space expertise in times of crisis".
Joan Johnson-Freese, a space security expert at the Naval War College, told Brumfiel that she doesn't think a Space Force is now necessary.
Before Trump's announcement in June that he wanted a Space Force, Mattis and Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson had cautioned against creating new Pentagon bureaucracy to address space issues. The administration hopes to consolidate these efforts by creating military entities exclusively dedicated to space operations, including Space Force, the establishment of which would require Congress to pass new legislation.
Over at the "Tonight Show", host Jimmy Fallon also got in his shots at futuristic militarism, saying that the Space Force chain of command will go E.T., Yoda, then Groot.
Trump 2020 re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale reportedly emailed supporters this week, asking them to vote on a Space Force emblem for future use (i.e. merchandise sales). 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. Here are all of the best memes & reactions to the Space Force logo ideas.
Boldly going where no man has gone before, the Trump administration has outlined its proposal for how the proposed new Space Force branch of the military will get underway. It joined the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The Air Force became the fifth branch of the USA armed forces in 1947.
However, although Pentagon leaders, including U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, once opposed the idea of a Space Force, they lined up on Thursday to offer their support. "Towards that end, the Department of Defense will marshal space resources into a Space Force", said the report.
America's vast military divides the globe into various commands, such as Central Command in the Middle East or Indo-Pacific Command in Asia, and a new Space Command would be on equal footing with these.
"We have been warning for years of the need to protect our space assets and to develop more capable space systems".