The Trump admin has a plan to make a “Space Force” the sixth branch of the U.S. military. Do you think this will actually happen? Scroll down to see the results.
“Space Force all the way!” tweeted Donald Trump.
President Trump’s number one priority is the safety and security of the American people and continues to prove it by taking on National Security. He is taking it one step ahead and tackling an issue every president has neglected – the growing emerging security threats in space. In a speech given at the Pentagon, Vice President Mike Pence outlined the new branch that the administration hopes to establish by 2020.
‘Space Force’ will become the sixth brand of the U.S. Military. It would be created by restructuring the already existing space operations and employees, according to Time.
“Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America’s best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people and to our nation,” Pence said. “The time has come to establish the United States Space Force.”
“Space is a war fighting domain just like land, air and sea,” said Pence on behalf of Trump.
The White House is advocating for Congress to invest an additional $7 million in space security systems for the next five years, according to Time. Pence goes on to add that we need to address space as a developing war-fighting domain. In his speech, he claims Russia and China have aggressively already set up operations in space. As a result, their actions have transformed space into a war fighting domain already and assures us that the United States will not back down from the challenge.
Following his speech, a 15-page Pentagon report was released that explained in detail the plans for the first branch since the Air Force. The creation of ‘Space Force’ reflects on the military shift to provide defense of the U.S. satellite systems that provide navigation, communication and Earth—observation functions that Americans employ every day.
This may all seem fresh and new to many, but the U.S. military has been involved with the space age since more than half a century ago. The Pentagon currently has more than 100 satellites in total, including 31 GPS satellites that much of the world depends on. Most of the satellites are operated by the Air Force, which is likely to see a decrease in responsibilities after the proposed reorganization, according to Time.
The Space Force still needs Congressional approval before the plan goes forward. Currently, the U.S. Air Force oversees the space domain through the U.S. Space Command. The Pentagon’s top brass is hesitant to form a new military branch, according to former Air Force secretary Deborah Lee James.
Do you think “Space Force” will become the sixth branch of the U.S. Military? 71% believe it will, while 29% of people don’t think it will get approved. Read the full story on Time here.
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