10 August, 2018
Pence outlined a Pentagon report, led by Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, that will be delivered to Congress on Thursday, that details what the department can do unilaterally to implement the president's desire for a space force. They include the new command and creating a civilian position as an assistant Secretary of Defense for Space to oversee the transition.
Based on the wording of the email, it doesn't sound like this would be for the official Space Force program - more like Space Force gear the campaign wants to peddle to anyone courageous enough to buy it. Dare we say wear it, too? "But if the White House gets its way, in this special case, there will be a Space Force".
The U.S. military is not new to the space game.
"Just as we've done in ages past, the United States will meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield", he said. It is eventually up to politicians to vote to authorise the new branch of the military. Space Force as a presidential marketing campaign, however, is already blasting off.
On Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis called Pence "the point man" on issues pertaining to the United States military and space.
It's going to take a lot more than a few grandiose speeches from Trump and Pence in order for the Space Force idea to come to fruition, though.
While these events may not represent a coherent plan by an adversary to militarize space, Pence argued that they represent a situation where United States adversaries like China and Russian Federation have already made space what he termed a warfighting domain.
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Earlier this week, Mattis signaled his support for a new Space Command to take place alongside existing commands, but demurred when asked about the creation of a separate service entirely, saying it was a matter for Congress to decide.
President Donald Trump issued a directive in June to begin preparations for creating the Space Force as a separate branch of the usa military, along with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. "And so we will", Pence said.
The president has made it a priority to "restore America's proud history of leadership in space", Pence said.
"I think we need to have a longer discussion on this".
Pence, at Thursday's meeting, stressed that the new branch would be built, in part, from pre-existing elements.
Whatever happens with the creation of the space force, U.S. doctrine will remain constrained by the Outer Space Treaty, which outlaws the positioning of weapons of mass destruction in space or any weaponry on the Moon.
We're establishing a separate branch of military called Space Force? The Air Force in particular might lose key responsibilities.