The internet hilariously reacts to Trump's Space Force launch

Saul Bowman
August 13, 2018

US Vice President Mike Pence, in a Pentagon address, described the Space Force as "an idea whose time has come".

The idea has long encountered resistance in the Pentagon, especially from the Air Force, which stands to lose funding and control over space-based assets and strategies.

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration's plan to establish a Space Force as a new branch of the military will unfold in phases and will require congressional approval.

The Defense Department will establish a sixth branch of the armed forces, the U.S. Department of the Space Force, by 2020, Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday.

We must have American dominance in space, and so we will.

He noted that the Defense Department will appoint a civilian to the new assistant defense secretary for space post to manage the space force's expansion efforts and report to the DoD secretary. "The only person you hear promoting this is the president, so it'd be nice to get a little more of a buy-in from the experts and it doesn't seem like we have that".

President Trump was elated with the announcement, as he expressed on Twitter.

Space is also invaluable for America's private sector, it added.

Pence also asked Congress to approve an additional budget of $ 8 billion over the next 5 years.

American defence secretary Jim Mattis endorsed plans to reorganise the military's space fighting forces and create a new command, but has previously opposed launching an expensive separate new service. Satellites provide communications, navigation, intelligence and other services vital to the military and the national economy.

The last time a new branch of the military was established was in 1947, when the Army Air Corps was disbanded and the US Air Force was established. Space Force supporters say that Air Force leaders are simply protecting their bureaucratic and budgetary turf while remaining focused on conventional air superiority. They said the Pentagon report was the start of a "multi-year process that we think will result in a safer, stronger America".

- Create a Space Development Agency to accelerate the development and fielding of technologies required for a Space Force.

"There is a threat out there but it's being handled by the US Air Force today".

Former astronaut and retired US Navy Captain Mark Kelly yesterday said a separate military branch devoted to space was redundant and wasteful, and that while Pence was right about the threats in outer space, the military was already handling them.

"Creating a separate service will just add to dysfunction at the Defense Department", he said. No mention of travel to Mars was made in reference to the proposed Space Force.

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