Pence says U.S. has never needed a 'Space Force' more

President Donald Trump has called for a "separate but equal" space force.

The vice president asserted the administration is seeking to add the new military branch by 2020.

Pence's remarks was timed to coincide with the release of a Pentagon report outlining the steps needed to create a Space Force, something it does not have the power to do on its own. The secretary will oversee a unified combat command that will coordinate activities and establish combat doctrines for space.

Last year, some members of Congress proposed creating a "Space Corps" inside the Air Force, similar to how the Marine Corps is part of the Navy Department.

"President Trump wants a SPACE FORCE - a groundbreaking endeavor for the future of America and the final frontier", read an email from the Trump campaign.

The report also calls for an acquisition-focused Space Development Agency. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis threw his support behind that idea on Tuesday.

When president John F. Kennedy delivered a speech in 1962 explaining why America was sending men to the Moon, he famously said, "There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet". Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said in a memo past year to Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, that he opposed "the creation of a new military service and additional organisational layers at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting functions".

Mattis once voiced opposition to creating a new branch of the USA military to focus on space-based military assets, saying in a 2017 letter to a lawmaker that would likely "present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations".

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Pence announced the new branch with a disturbing bit of imperialism.

Pence said President Donald Trump - who first touted the creation of what would be the sixth branch of the USA military, despite skepticism from military brass - wanted Congress to authorize $8 billion over the next five years to launch the effort. That's a big statement.

"There's not a mission today that we do in the military that doesn't in some way depend upon space", Air Force Sec. "It is going to be something", President Trump announced at a June meeting of the National Space Council. He said the administration was working with Congress on legislation.

Mr Trump - who tweeted "Space Force all the way!" on Thursday - and his supporters point to how adversaries such as China and Russian Federation are increasingly deploying satellites as proof that action is needed.

Pence said the initial request from Congress would be for 8 billion dollars over five years to be included in the defense spending budget for the fiscal year 2020.

"We need to address space as a developing, war-fighting domain and a combatant command is certainly one thing that we can establish", he said. "But history proves that peace only comes through strength", he added.

Star Wars fan and comedy writer Brian Santa Maria is hoping that camping out for Star Wars: Episode I tickets back in 1999 will now qualify him for a Space Force GI Bill.

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