Publicado: Vie, Agosto 10, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Which of these six Space Force logos is the most, er, spacey?

Which of these six Space Force logos is the most, er, spacey?

Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that the Trump administration wants a new "Space Force" ready for battle by the year 2020 - charging that Russia, China, North Korea and Iran have already militarized the final frontier and that the U.S. needs to catch up. "We must have American dominance in space".

"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, to our nation". It is eventually up to politicians to vote to authorise the new branch of the military.

He said the countries "have been conducting highly sophisticated on-orbit activities that could enable them to manoeuvre their satellites into close proximity of ours, posing unprecedented new dangers to our space systems". As NPR noted at the time, " a new branch of the military can only be established by an act of Congress - something that hasn't happened since the Air Force was split from the Army in 1947.

"The time has come to establish the Unites States Space Force".

Opinions on the Space Force in Congress have been divided. Pence described space as a domain that was once peaceful and uncontested but has now become crowded and adversarial.

"We are glad that the Pentagon is finally taking these steps in enhancing our space strength", Reps.

The new force would also aim to streamline existing space-oriented units within the existing branches of the armed forces.

"We have been warning for years of the need to protect our space assets and to develop more capable space systems", the lawmakers said in a joint statement.

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Pence identified interim steps to creation of the Space Force in two years. Both nations are reportedly developing "hypersonic missiles", which USA missile defense radars may not be able to detect.

"This is so stupid", he added. The White House Gift Shop is already taking pre-orders for Space Force commemorative coins. Before that, the Pentagon will create the U.S. Space Command, which will be led by a four-star officer and draw forces from the other armed services.

The Republicans face a battle to hang on to control of the Senate and House of Representatives in November's mid-term elections.

"Recently our adversaries have been working to bring new weapons of war into space itself", Pence said.

"The U.S. military is big in space, but it's all unmanned satellites", Brumfiel reports.

The Department of Defense is expected to release a report later today "outlining the first stages of our administration's plan to implement the president's guidance and turn his vision into a reality", Pence said.

Establishing a new military service geared at space would be a massive undertaking and require action from Congress both to establish the service and provide funding.

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