Takeaways From the Pence 'Space Force' Sales Pitch


Colbert joked that the Space Force came from an idea President Trump "got from a Buzz Lightyear Happy Meal toy". A new branch of the military would require layers of bureaucracy, military and civilian leaders, uniforms, equipment and an expansive support structure.

He added that in 2014, China and Russian Federation had jointly proposed a draft Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, the Threat or Use of Force Against Outer Space Objects, but the USA dismissed it as "fundamentally flawed".

The idea of a Space Force was first brought before Congress in 2017, said ABC.

Initially an assistant secretary of defense for space, this position will be "key to the critical transition to a Secretary of the Space Force in the years ahead", said Pence. A formal proposal to establish the Space Force will be included in next year's National Defense Authorization Act, and that bill will include all funding details.

The report to be released today represents a critical step toward establishing the Space Force, he said. Aside from being a new military branch, a Space Force at the Pentagon today would have a few features that would set it apart from previous USA military space efforts, like AFSPC, Pence said.

On Thursday, though, Mattis endorsed the space management changes that would utilize members of existing military branches.

The president's re-election team trumpeted the proposal, asking supporters to help select Space Force's new official logo - to go on merchandise sold by his campaign.

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has endorsed steps to reorganize the military's space warfighting forces and create a new command, but has previously opposed launching a pricey, new service.

There is spaceship logo surrounded with red and navy stars.

Over on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", the host discovered that there already was a "space force" in the form of a 1970s TV movie starring Fred Willard.

According to the plan, the Space Force will comprise three units.

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

The rollout, which took place in the Pentagon's main auditorium with Secretary of Defense James Mattis making the introduction, appears to indicate that the military is on board with the plan-despite repeated prior objections by Mattis himself.

The concept of a Space Force was first proposed in 2000.

It's too soon to say whether the Space Force will ever become a reality, but Trump's campaign wasted no time in capitalizing on the idea.

Detailing plans for the same, Vice-President Mike Pence Thursday said the department will ensure America's dominance in space at a time of heightened competition and threats from China and Russian Federation, reported the Associated Press.

In a nod to the Air Force's current role, the Pentagon report recommended that the Space Command be led initially by the commander of Air Force Space Command, who would be dual-hatted. One Twitter user even created a short animation that depicted Trump in space orchestrating landings on the moon and other planets.

While peaceful use and exploration is permitted, smaller-scale weapons are not explicitly barred, and experts fear that militarizing space with them could stoke a costly new arms race.