Mike Pence introduces Pentagon report calling for a space force

Mike Pence expected to announce plans for ‘Space Force’ in U.S. military

"As soon as I heard President Trump was bringing the Space Force back, I re-enlisted", Willard said. But as planes continued to advance technologically and find their way into mainstream travel, "Congress decided they needed to have a new branch of the military", Dodge said.

"What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial, today other nations are seeking to disrupt our space based systems and challenge American supremacy in space", Pence said.

The former military fighter pilot says the need for a Space Force must first be established before the government decides to spend $8 billion over the next five years for space security.

It took a nanosecond for those logos to hit the mainstream, and cyberspace was quick to come up with Space Force logos of its own.

Joan Johnson-Freese, a space security expert at the Naval War College, told Brumfiel that she doesn't think a Space Force is now necessary.

Dodge noted that creating a Space Force now, instead of waiting for the future, would allow the U.S.to "Keep pace with and [go] beyond the abilities of potential adversaries to the United States".

As the US continues to stave off competition and threats from both Russian Federation and China, the White House has decided it will create the US Space Force as a sixth, separate military service by 2020.

In an email to supporters hours after Thursday's announcement, Trump's 2020 re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale said the campaign would be "selling a new line of gear" branded with Space Force insignia - and asked recipients to vote on six possible logos. The first step is creating a new US Space Command by the end of the year, which would be led by a four-star general, the way the Pentagon's Indo-Pacific Command oversees those regions.

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"Initially the Department will recommend that the Air Force Space Command commander be dual-hatted as commander of the unified command", the report said.

"Space Force is not your solution", she said.

The Pentagon's report, which was provided to Congress shortly before Pence's speech, also seeks to establish a new acquisition agency, the Space Development Agency, "charged with rapidly developing and fielding next-generation capabilities", not unlike the role the Missile Defense Agency plays in missile defense.

On Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis called Pence "the point man" on issues pertaining to the USA military and space. The Air Force does this already.

Deborah James, who served as Air Force secretary in the Obama administration, said Trump's decision to create a full new department is "a solution in search of a problem". "It is becoming a contested war-fighting domain, and we've got to adapt to that reality", U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said in his opening remarks before Pence's speech.

The results ranged from a straightforward logo with a little green alien front and center; a minimalistic black-on-white logo that represents a "black hole of sorts"; and a silhouette of Trump with the word "space" where his brain would be.

"There is a threat out there but it's being handled by the US Air Force today". He's more recently said he's "in complete agreement" with Trump, though it's unclear if he's actually come around on the Space Force idea.

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