US Space Force Proposal Outlined - President Tweets Enthusiasm For Plan

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"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force", Pence said in a speech at the Pentagon. "But first we have to make a final decision on the design we will use to commemorate President Trump's new Space Force - and he wants YOU to have a say".

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis a year ago said he opposed a new department of the military "at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting functions". Much of the military's current space power is wielded by the Air Force Space Command, which has its headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

But the move has faced some signs of skepticism from the Defense Department. Not better support for armed forces veterans. "So we're working it up what that actual organization will look like".

Kelly reiterated that point yesterday. And now the launch the first of the new satellites - originally planned for April 2014 - has slipped once again, according to the Air Force.

It is not now clear the precise nature of the service - but it is thought to comprise a military force with fighting capabilities 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". Its responsibilities include oversight of the country's nuclear-weapons capabilities, which involves space because long-range, nuclear-tipped missiles fly through space.

It says the department will establish a Space Command to develop warfighting operations, a Space Development Agency to more quickly identify and develop new technologies, a Space Operations Force of leaders and fighters and a new support structure.

Space warfare capabilities are now overseen by the US Air Force.

"One giant leap in the right direction".

These new organizations are part of a broad move to restructure the way the us military manages its space operations and technologies.

Mr Trump "knows that space is integral to our American way of life and economic prosperity and is a vital domain for national defence" while, under his direction, the USA is "reclaiming its heritage as the world's greatest space-faring nation", the White House said.

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Some members of Congress, especially those in the House of Representatives, appear warm to the idea.

That's a staggering amount of money, and it would only grow with the creation of a new Space Force.

"Organizational changes don't fix all the problems".

It's unclear whether the crowd favorite among these options could be used in an official capacity within Space Force or just on merchandise.

Democratic Senator Brian Schatz, who is on the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, said the Space Force was a 'dumb idea'. Bill Nelson of Florida tweeted on June 18.

Much the same was said by Trump's Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson.

Stationing or testing any weapons of mass destruction in space, including nuclear weapons, is banned by the United Nations' Outer Space Treaty of 1967. That will be joined by a Space Development Agency that, by becoming part of the defense bureaucracy, is meant to be an antidote to bureaucracy and enable new thinking.

A war in space might also lead to something called a Kessler event.

In 2007, China blew up a dead weather satellite with a missile, creating a massive debris cloud in orbit, which Pence called "a highly provocative demonstration of China's growing capability to militarise space".