There is now no details and no timetable, but the establishment of a new military branch to oversee war fighting in space would require congressional approval.
Vice-President Mike Pence told a Pentagon audience that the plan fulfills President Donald Trump's vow to ensure America's dominance in space - a domain that was once peaceful and uncontested that has now become crowded and adversarial. Congress would have to approve any plan to make the Space Force a new branch. In June, he made a speech calling for the new branch to be created, despite resistance from the Air Force. Some objections to the creation of a Space Force arise from concerns that it would strip resources from existing military branches already pursuing these missions, especially the Air Force.
"It is becoming a contested war fighting domain and we have to adapt to that reality", Mattis said as he introduced Pence.
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Speaking at the Pentagon, Mr Pence said he hoped to secure the new service by 2020.
After voting for a logo, users are asked to enter their information and to donate to the Trump-Pence re-election campaign. He worries that creating an all-new branch will just create more bureaucracy, Brumfiel reports.
But, earlier this week, Mr Mattis said he is in "complete alignment" with Mr Trump's concerns about U.S. space assets.
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'. "We are glad that the Pentagon is finally taking these steps in enhancing our space strength".
A new assistant secretary of defense for space: A position that will help transition eventually to a "fully independent Secretary of the Space Force in the years ahead" who will report to Secretary of Defense Mattis.
"President Trump wants a SPACE FORCE - a ground-breaking endeavour for the future of America and the final frontier", the Trump campaign team said in an email. We don't need Space Force.