Vice President Pence released an ambitious plan Thursday that would begin to create a military command dedicated to space and establish a "Space Force" as the sixth branch of the US military as soon as 2020, the first since air force was formed shortly after WWII.
Pence warned about the advances that potential opponents did and issued what constituted a call to weapons to maintain the military's dominance in space.
"As we have done in the past, the United States will face the new threats on this new battlefield," he said in a speech on the Pentagon. "The time has come to establish the United States Space Force."
But the monumental The task of standing up for a new military department, which will require the approval of a congress that made the idea last year, may require significant new expenses and a reorganization of the world's largest bureaucracy. And the idea has already gone into violent resistance inside and out of Pentagon, especially from the Air Force, who could lose some of its responsibilities.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said last year that he was opposed to a new military department "at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating common warfighting features . "
This week, Mattis said the Pentagon and White House" are in complete alignment "with the need to show space as a warring domain. But he stopped short to approve a full-fledged Space Force. In an orientation with reporters after Pence & Speaking of secretary Patrick Shanahan, Matti's remarks against the Space Force were made at a different time before the Pentagon received a strengthened budget.
White House officials have worked with national security officers Going aggressively without Congress. is to create a new US Space Command by the end of the year, which will be led by a four-star general, as the Pentagon's Indo-Pacific Command monitors these regions.
The new command would draw space experts from over armed services and it would be a separate acquisition office dedicated to buying satellites and developing new technology to help the military win wars in space.
Following the announcement Thursday, President Trump spoke, "Space Force all the way! "
For months, Trump called for a Space Force, a new, free-standing military division, with its own command chain and uniforms.
In a letter to fans Thursday, the Trump campaign said it would sell a new line of equipment such as could come with a logo they chose – including a labeled "Mars Awaits" – to celebrate "President Trump's new Space Force", according to a copy of the email – a move that criticized the athletes was motivated by the policy.  The White House intends to work with legislators to submit legislation next year, said a senior administration officer, hoping to stand up the first new military department since the Air Force in 1947.  Some members of Congress and Military leaders have been warning rooms are no longer a peaceful haven, but a conflict area that needs more attention and resources. The space is crucial for the way the United States is waging; Pentagon satellites are used for rocket warning alerts, control r precision munitions and provide communication and reconnaissance.
Russia and China have made significant progress, challenging US assets in space.
In 2007, China blew up a dead weather satellite with a rocket, creating a massive debris disc, as Pence called "a very provocative demonstration of China's growing ability to militarize space." China has also demonstrated the ability to beat satellites in a much deeper lane where military parks some of their most sensitive assets.
In his speech, Pence recognized the difficulties of establishing a new service, saying that the Pentagon would create an Assistant Secretary of Defense, a new top level civilian position reporting to the Defense Minister "To monitor the growth and expansion of the Sixth Service."
The officer must sort out many details, including how the Pentagon will recruit for space forces and compete for resources in the Pentagon. Even basic details, for example, what uniforms Space Force wants and what rank structure it will use must be decided.
Some members of Congress last year suggested creating a spacecraft in the Air Force Department in the same way as Marine Corps is a part of the Navy Department. Raising the proposal to create a new department will create additional Pentagon bureaucracy, say critics.
Deborah James, who acted as a sewage secretary in the Obama administration, said that Trump's decision to create a full new department is "a solution for a problem."
Before Trump's announcement in June that he wanted a space , Mattis and Air Force Minister Heather Wilson warned against creating new Pentagon bureaucracy to deal with space problems. James said she thinks they are now "firm because the president announced this by surprise."
Efforts to reach more senior air force employees were unsuccessful on Thursday. Wilson traveled on business and not in Pentagon when Pence made his announcement. General Secretary David L. Goldfein, Air Force Chief Officer, and Secretary General Stephen Wilson sat quietly in the Pentagon Auditorium as Pence spoke.
Air Force General Paul Selva, deputy head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Pentagon, said in a briefing with journalists that the Pentagon is very pleased to establish a space command as a way to increase the effort in space.
But when it comes to establishing a new branch of the military, Selva sells said "it's a commitment" to present a set of alternatives that can be presented to Congress.
"He is the commander," said Selva about the president.
The White House has pushed Congress to invest an additional $ 8 billion in national security systems over the next five years.
The new command and reorganization should be budget neutral, "said Scott Pace, Secretary of the National Space Council, in an interview. "But in the future, there will probably be a need to increase resources to buy improved capabilities and more warriors as Space Force matures."
After Pence, representatives of Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) And Jim Cooper D-Tenn spoke.) Members of the House Armed Services Committee, praised the movement, say a Space Force "will result in a safer, stronger America."
"For many years we have warned about the need to protect our space assets and to develop more skilled space systems," they said in a joint statement.
In his speech, Pence encouraged the audience to support the administration's attempt to create the new department.
Talking to a room consisted mainly of American troops in uniform, Pence said that their "superintendent will continue to work tirelessly against this goal, and we expect everyone to do the same."
"All we can not afford is a lack of action," he said.