What is the US Space Force?

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In June, President Trump "directed the Department of Defense to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces", Pence said in a speech at the Pentagon.

Today Vice President Mike Pence travelled to "military central", the Pentagon, and laid out an ambitious plan to establish a "Space Force" as the sixth branch of the U.S. military. Likewise, an actual military presence in space would run afoul of the Outer Space Treaty, which prohibited weapons in orbit and claim on territory beyond the Karman Line, the official beginning of space, since 1967.

Pence cited new threats the United States faces in space, particularly from Russian Federation and China.

In concurrence with Pence's speech, the Pentagon laid out its plans to form the new branch of the United States military in a 15-page report, identifying immediate steps of action.

Critics note that the creation of a new military branch would require congressional legislation, and that it would probably balloon the Department of Defense's already massive budget.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has endorsed steps to reorganize the military's space warfighting forces and create a new command, but has previously opposed launching an expensive new service. Currently, it is their job to keep space safe."Our goal is not to have conflict in space", said Raymond. But he stopped short of endorsing a full-fledged Space Force.

Trump said in the East Room of the White House: "My administration is reclaiming America's heritage as the world's greatest spacefaring nation". It could also spur efforts to create jobs for engineers, scientists, and researchers who would work on creating new tools for safe, fast, efficient, and user-friendly space travel, with all the economic benefits that would entail. If approved by Congress, the Space Force could be ready by 2020, he added.

After pretending to fly a jet pack and contrasting Pence's remarks with Trump's recent "space force all the way" tweet, Colbert topped it off by presenting a few ideas of his own since the administration is asking the public to vote on a new Space Force insignia. Comedians mock the idea and senior members of the military are skeptical, but that has not deterred the commander in chief.

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On Thursday's episode of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert joked about how bad an idea the Space Force was and said that 'longtime viewers of the Trump administration will remember that Space Force is the president's boldest idea.that he got from a Buzz Lightyear Happy Meal toy'.

Responding to Thursday's outlining of plans for a Space Force, Democrats were withering about Mr Trump's ambitions.

The military's role in space has been under scrutiny because the United States is increasingly reliant on orbiting satellites that are hard to protect. "And the United States will not shrink from this challenge".

The creation of a US Space Force reflects the drastically changed reality of space's role in national security.

In his speech, Pence acknowledged the difficulties in establishing a new service, and said the Pentagon would create an assistant secretary of defense for space, a top-level civilian who will report to the defense secretary "to oversee the growth and expansion of the sixth branch of service".

It's not just the Air Force that is getting its toes stepped on.

The Space Force would establish the first new military branch in 71 years. In fact, according to some experts, space junk may be an even more substantial threat than our adversaries.You may be surprised to know the U.S. Air Force already has a Space Command. James said she thinks they're now "stuck because the president announced this by surprise". Either way, the announcement definitely made a splash.