Space Force: everything you need to know about the White House proposal

Space Force: everything you need to know about the White House proposal

Officials say that the new command will likely incorporate existing space-focused organizations such as the US Air Force's Space Command, which oversees some 30,000 military and civilian personnel and which is headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Finally, the proposal recommends creating a Space Operations Force consisting of space technology and warfare experts.

Actions by US adversaries make it clear that space is already a warfighting domain, the vice president said.

". As President Trump has said, in his words, it's not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space".

The Space Force would be responsible for a range of crucial space-based USA military capabilities, which include everything from satellites enabling the Global Positioning System (GPS) to sensors that help track missile launches. "It is imperative that the United States adapts its policies, doctrine, and capabilities to protect our interests".

What did Mike Pence say about the Space Force? "If it takes away from the already good work being done in under-funded programs in the U.S. Air Force and NASA, that would not be good".

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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".

A US Space Command would be created as an interim step, to be led by a four-star officer and drawing forces from other armed services, he said.

Democratic Senator Brian Schatz, who is on the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, said the Space Force was a 'dumb idea'.

One that the administration expects to monetize along the way: The White House Gift Shop is already taking pre-orders for Space Force commemorative coins, according to the BBC.

President Donald Trump called for the establishment of the Space Force back in June to join the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard. Congress would have to approve any plan to make the Space Force a new branch. They said the Pentagon report was the start of a "multi-year process that we think will result in a safer, stronger America". "[O] ur assets are so critical in outer space and everything that we do is so dependent on outer space that we need a new force capable of focusing on that domain by itself", he said".

The Trump administration wants to funnel $8bn of taxpayers' cash over five years to its buddies in the military contracting world construct and equip America's Space Force.

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