US Space Force to debut by 2020, Pence announces at Pentagon

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While the plans will still require the approval of Congress before they can proceed, Pence expressed hopes that the Space Force would feature in 2019's budget and be in full operation by 2020.

"Today, other nations are seeking to disrupt our space-based systems and challenge our supremacy as never before", Pence said as he announced the creation of the Space Force as the sixth branch of the us military.

The White House says that the Space Force will be created by 2020.

"What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial", the vice president continued.

Pence reiterated President Trump's calls for American dominance in space in the face of threats to satellites and other areas from foreign adversaries such as China and Russian Federation.

The Space Force will be a new department of the USA military which Trump has described as "separate but equal". With migrant children still being separated from their parents at the border, the devastation of agricultural industries from the trade war with China, and the threat of white nationalism looming, "Space Force" has become the new cover-up to the administration's injustices.

It's going to take a lot more than a few grandiose speeches from Trump and Pence in order for the Space Force idea to come to fruition, though.

Trump announced his plan for the Space Force in June.

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The Defense Department is already active in space, of course, with the Air Force in charge.

The new branch will be separate from, but equal to, the five other branches, he said.

In an interview with MSNBC, former astronaut, Mark Kelly, echoed Schatz's opinion that Space Force is a "dumb idea". "The Space Force will accelerate and unify the Department's space efforts and enable the delivery of next-generation space capabilities faster than potential adversaries can evolve", the Pentagon says in its report.

Trump, the champion of the plan, tweeted: "Space Force all the way!"

Outlining the basic structure of the Space Force, US Vice-President Mike Pence and Defence Secretary James Mattis said space was vital to the country's national interests.

"This report is a step in a multi-year process that we think will result in a safer, stronger America", they said. This force will draw from across the military to provide space expertise in times of crisis and conflict, Pence said.

Trump CampaignOne of the proposed logos (top right) looks like NASA's logo, except with a red background and the phrase "SPACE FORCE" instead of "NASA". We don't need Space Force.

"Ultimately, Congress must act to establish this new department, which will organize, train and equip the United States Space Force", Pence said. The last time the USA created a new uniformed military service was in 1947, when the Air Force was launched after World War II.

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