In a speech at the Pentagon Thursday at 11:15 a.m., Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to lay out the administration's plan. The Pentagon is also expected to release a Congressionally-mandated report on the issue.
While Scharre agreed that "space is the American Achilles heel", he said creating a new bureaucracy with a single focus would handicap the military: "The United States needs to focus on the mission, not the domain".
Twitter user Chris Miller shared a very compelling recruitment poster featuring a Lego astronaut with the phrase "I want you for Space Force". U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis threw his support behind that idea on Tuesday. It was only seven weeks ago that President Trump directed DoD to begin the process.
What's changed since then is that Trump has become increasingly focused on the subject and concluded that a new military branch is needed.
The creation of a new branch of the military - the first since the Air Force was created in the wake of World War II in 1947 - could require a significant reorganisation of the Pentagon.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, in a Pentagon address, described the creation of the Space Force as "an idea whose time has come". "We're still putting it together". A Department of the Space Force would likely have similar responsibilities to the other services, which is to train and equip their service members for military operations around the globe that are controlled by combatant commands.
Military leaders have said repeatedly that modern warfare depends on space. ". The American people deserve our very best, and they will have it". Air Force officials and national security experts have spoken out against the creation of a separate Space Force.
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 Donald Trump ordered the creation of Space Force in June, arguing the Pentagon needs it to tackle vulnerabilities in space and assert USA dominance in orbit.
"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force", he said, repeating Trump's call for Congress to invest an additional US$8 billion in USA space security systems over the next five years.
Military officials are concerned about the threats posed by China and Russian Federation in particular. In 2007, China destroyed one of its dead weather satellites with a missile. Then a few years later it fired another missile, this time into the deeper orbit where the Pentagon parks its most sensitive satellites. Heather Wilson said an event last month at The Washington Post. We are glad that the Pentagon is finally taking these steps in enhancing our space strength. We built the glass houses before the invention of stones.
Russian and China have made significant advancements, challenging the United States' assets in space.
Pence said it is needed to ensure America's dominance in space amid heightened completion and threats from China and Russian Federation. The new branch would need to compete for money with other big, politically protected Defense Department priorities that Congress already funds.
Mr Trump "knows that space is integral to our American way of life and economic prosperity and is a vital domain for national defence" while, under his direction, the U.S. is "reclaiming its heritage as the world's greatest space-faring nation", the White House said.
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