Pentagon moves toward establishing Trump's Space Force

Donald Trump's 'Space Force' meets resistance in Pentagon, insiders say

Pence announced the release of a Pentagon report on how to implement the president's vision.

"Across this department and our intelligence agencies, there are literally tens of thousands of military personnel, civilians and contractors operating and supporting our space systems - and together, they are the eyes and ears of America's warfighters around the globe", Pence said. The Air Force also has a top-secret aircraft, the X-37B, built by Boeing Co., which orbits the earth for extended periods.

Finally, the report calls for clear lines of responsibility and accountability to manage the process of establishing and growing the Space Force, including the appointment of an assistant secretary of defense for space, the vice president said.

The Space Force would be responsible for a range of crucial space-based US military capabilities, which include everything from satellites enabling the Global Positioning System (GPS) to sensors that help track missile launches. In June, he directed the Pentagon to begin creating the military branch. "We're still putting it together". "This report reviews the national security space activities within the Department of Defense, and it identifies concrete steps that our administration will take to lay the foundation for a new department of the Space Force".

"We need to address space as a developing, war-fighting domain and a combatant command is certainly one thing that we can establish", he said.

Military leaders have said repeatedly that modern warfare depends on space. But how best to protect those assets and deter other potential adversaries from attacking them has touched off an intense debate in Washington.

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"We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal". Senior Pentagon officials opposed the measure, and the plan was shelved.

Mattis had previously opposed the creation of a separate military branch focused on space, writing to Rep. Mike Turner of OH in July of 2017 that he did "not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations".

President Donald Trump ordered the creation of Space Force in June, arguing the Pentagon needs it to tackle vulnerabilities in space and assert United States dominance in orbit.

For months, US President Donald Trump has been calling a Space Force, a new, free-standing military department, with its own chain of command and uniforms.

Military officials are concerned about the threats posed by China and Russian Federation in particular.

Pence pointed to Russia's development of airborne lasers to disrupt space-based systems and China's successful demonstration of how a missile can track and destroy satellites. "We must have American dominance in space".

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