Kosal: Space Force Unlikely to Improve US Position in Space

Aaron Brown
August 13, 2018

He says that while space was once peaceful and uncontested, it is now crowded and adversarial.

Vice President Mike Pence announced the plan at the Pentagon on Thursday and gave a 2020 deadline to launch what will become the sixth branch of the USA military.

The Defense Department will establish a sixth branch of the armed forces, the U.S. Department of the Space Force, by 2020, Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday.

"Third, the report calls for a new joint organization - the Space Development Agency - that will ensure the men and women of the Space Force have the cutting-edge warfighting capabilities that they need and deserve", he said.

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday delivered a speech at the Pentagon outlining the administration's plan to move forward with the Space Force, which including instructions for the Department of Defense to draft a legislative proposal for Congress.

"This leader will be key to a critical transition to a fully independent secretary of the space force", Pence added. "And is that thrashing going to slow your momentum or is it going to help you achieve your goals and address the real challenges that we have on our plate?" she said at Brookings Institution last week. In addition to angry comments denouncing the very idea and several attempts at memes, the responses contained alternate proposals for a Space Force logo - including the Federation symbol from Star Trek and the Galactic Empire logo from Star Wars.

"Space Force all the way!", President Donald Trump tweeted from his resort in New Jersey where he is vacationing.

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An establishment of a new military branch would require Congressional legislation, but the President says he is willing to work with Congress on establishing the force. It identifies several actions that DoD will take as the nation evolves its space capabilities, "and they are built on the lessons of the past", Pence said.

"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force", Pence said at the Pentagon.

There's a great deal of skepticism surrounding Trump's desire for a Space Force, with many defense experts and policymakers questioning whether it's necessary and would be worth the cost. Satellites provide communications, navigation, intelligence and other services vital to the military and the national economy.

Like the other branches of the military, which oversee the domains of air, ground and sea, a Space Force would oversee the potential battlefield of space, but not like fighting aliens in sci-fi movies.

The US military presently consists of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

"We're building bipartisan support for our plan", Pence said. One of the designs is clearly based on the current logo of NASA, the civilian USA space agency.

When Trump announced in June that he was calling on the Pentagon to create the Space Force, it reportedly caught many military officials by surprise.

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