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Pence launches Space Force, says U.S. needs to prepare for 'next battlefield'

Pence launches Space Force, says U.S. needs to prepare for 'next battlefield'

Mr. Trump officially directed the Defense Department to establish this sixth branch of the USA military in space in June, saying the space force would ensure American dominance in the final frontier.

The US has detailed Donald Trump's plan for a US Space Force with the Vice President claiming Russian Federation and China have "already" transformed space.

In a speech at the Pentagon, Pence warned of the advancements that potential adversaries were making and issued what amounted to a call to arms to preserve the military's dominance in space.

In June, Trump called for the new branch to be created, despite resistance from the Air Force, which now oversees military space programs.

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.

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.

He laid out what the U.S. perceived as threats from Moscow and Beijing in particular, who are developing new weapons for use in space as well as improving their ability to counter existing systems, such as GPS. Space is vital to the way the United States wages war; The Pentagon's satellites are used for missile-defence warnings, guiding precision munitions, and providing communications and reconnaissance.

The vice president insisted that the force, which the administration hopes to have in place by 2020, would "not be built from scratch", but draw from the men and women who are already running America's space programs.

"Maybe we decide whether this is something we need in the past", he said. Today, other nations are seeking to disrupt our space-based systems and challenge American supremacy in space as never before. Most of the satellites are operated by the Air Force, which is likely to see a decrease in responsibilities after the proposed reorganization. Republican U.S. Representative Mike Rogers, a member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, said the move would bolster national security.

"China and Russian Federation have been conducting highly sophisticated on-orbit activities that could enable them to maneuver their satellites into close proximity of ours, posing unprecedented new dangers to our space systems", he said.

"History proves that peace only comes through strength, and in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength in the years ahead", the veep said during a speech at the Pentagon.

The idea of a Space Force was first brought before Congress in 2017, said ABC. "The Space Force will grow the world's most capable national security space workforce".

Trump has championed the idea, and cries of "Space Force" have become common at his rallies.

The Pentagon proposal delivered to Congress Thursday lays out plans to consolidate the Pentagon's war-fighting space forces and make organizational changes to boost the acquisition and development of leading edge technologies.


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