This Would Be Biggest Change to US Defenses in 70 Years

Mike Pence wants Space Force up and running in 2020
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2018 1:42 PM CDT
Vice President Mike Pence gestures during an event on the creation of a US Space Force Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at the Pentagon.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – "Space force all the way!" So tweeted President Trump on Thursday after his VP outlined the White House vision to have a new US Space Force in operation in a scant two years. This would be no small feat: Mike Pence detailed a plan in which the Space Force would be a sixth military service on par with the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard—and the first new addition since the Air Force came along in 1947, reports the Washington Post. Details:

  • Why? The Pentagon increasingly relies on space technology—satellites, for example—and the White House argues that it's time for a dedicated force to protect American interests above, particularly from Russia and China. “Just as we’ve done in ages past, the United States will meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield,” said Pence. “The time has come to establish the United States Space Force.”
  • Congress' role: Only Congress can create a new branch of the military, and Pence promised that the White House would work closely with members and produce a budget for it next year, reports the AP. Bipartisan support seems to be there: GOP Rep. Mike Rogers and Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper, members of the House Armed Services panel, said in a joint statement that the move is overdue and would "result in a safer, stronger America.”

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