· The creation of a unified controlling body called the US Space Command by the end of this year that would have resources for defending American interests in space.
The Space Operations Force will "train, promote, and retain personnel to include engineers, scientists, intelligence experts, operators, strategists, and others", reported ABC.
Mattis had previously opposed the creation of a separate military branch focused on space, writing to Rep. Mike Turner of OH in July of 2017 that he did "not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations". But proponents say the proposal is meant to be a serious response to threats from other nations-including Russian Federation and China-to USA military and commercial operations in space.
His 2020 reelection campaign sent a fundraising email on Thursday asking supporters to vote on their favorite Space Force logo for future Trump campaign merchandise, offering a choice of six. The two examples he cited to argue for the benefits of a space force were the US Air Force's growth during World War II and the formation of the Special Operations Command in the 1980s.
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In recent years, it has been vandalized several times and destroyed twice, most recently in July by a man with a pickax. Austin Clay of Glendale was charged on Monday in Los Angeles.
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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.
Pence says the time has come to establish the new United States Space Force to ensure America's dominance in space amid heightened completion and threats from China and Russian Federation. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis threw his support behind that idea on Tuesday. Not better support for armed forces veterans.
'It is becoming a contested war fighting domain and we have to adapt to that reality, ' Mattis said.
Deborah James, who served as Air Force secretary in the Obama administration, said Trump's decision to create a full new department is "a solution in search of a problem".
It doesn't seem like Trump actually understands what the state of human capabilities in space are right now. While the Air Force was created from an already somewhat independent service within the Army, no comparable space-focused entity exists today, meaning the Space Force would have to be created largely from scratch.
Neither Mr. Pence nor Mr. Mattis offered any details on what it would cost to stand up the Space Force, but the administration reportedly will seek about $8 billion in funding.
America's vast military divides the globe into various commands, such as Central Command in the Middle East or Indo-Pacific Command in Asia, and a new Space Command would be on equal footing with these. This force will draw from across the military to provide space expertise in times of crisis and conflict, Pence said.