Space Force: New U.S. Military Branch Could Arrive by 2020

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The announcement of the planned creation of a sixth branch of the United States military by 2020, to be known as the Space Force, has been met with scepticism, with critics viewing it as an unnecessary and expensive bureaucratic endeavour. Space Force, a new military branch, but how would that agency differ from the Air Force Space Command, which already oversees much of the country's defense assets in space?

Finally, the proposal recommends creating a Space Operations Force consisting of space technology and warfare experts.

It's unclear whether the crowd favorite among these options could be used in an official capacity within Space Force or just on merchandise.

"The time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces", Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech at the Pentagon Thursday morning.

The US fears China and Russian Federation will dominate space and launch satellites that are capable of jamming American signals, destroying US sats, and firing weapons at other targets.

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"I'm against having a separate entity, a sixth branch of the military space force for a number of reasons", James began.

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The plan would increase the visibility of efforts to defend satellites from attack and other space-related tasks.

The early version of the U.S. Air Force existed as the U.S. Army Air Corps, an aerial warfare sector of the U.S. Army.

The new branch will have a separate command by the end of the year. An independent branch can't be created until Congress approves it, but the administration can take several steps on its own to prepare for the launch of a new force, the first since the air force was formed shortly after the second world war.

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Democratic senator Brian Schatz, who is on the Defence Appropriations subcommittee, said the Space Force was a "dumb idea". The Air Force now oversees some of the most critical space-based capabilities. They said the Pentagon report was the start of a "multi-year process that we think will result in a safer, stronger America".

Over the past several weeks, there was widespread speculation that the Pentagon would pursue half-measures - such as establishing a unified space command - but avoid creating an entirely new service.

The idea of a Space Force has proven popular among Trump's loyal base.

The US is a member of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, a document which represents the basic legal framework of global space law.

Five of the six logos proposed have the words "Space Force" on them, while the sixth says "Mars Awaits".

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