United States outlines plan to create national 'Space Force'

Pence lays out plans for Trump's Space Force program at Pentagon -- live stream

Pence lays out plans for Trump's Space Force program at Pentagon -- live stream

Vice President Pence announces the Trump Administration's plan to create the U.S. Space Force by 2020 during a speech at the Pentagon on Thursday.

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?

"The next generation of Americans to confront the emerging threats in the boundless expanse of space will be wearing the uniform of the United States of America", he said, adding that Congress must now act to establish and fund the department.

Trump's campaign sent an email Thursday to subscribers. asking them to weigh in on new artwork for the would-be 6th branch of the military. but there's a capitalist twist.

He said the countries "have been conducting highly sophisticated on-orbit activities that could enable them to manoeuvre their satellites into close proximity of ours, posing unprecedented new dangers to our space systems". Only Congress has the authority to establish a new branch of the military-something that hasn't happened since the U.S. Air Force was founded in 1947.

Trump marked Pence's announcement with a tweet: "Space Force all the way!".

Once Space Force merchandise hits the Trump campaign store, it won't be long before it starts showing up at Trump rallies.

"We need to address space as a developing war fighting domain and a combatant command is certainly one thing that we can - we can establish", Mattis told reporters.

He welcomed what he said was a first step in a multi-year process.

Fox News host Shepard Smith is sad to report that Donald Trump's proposed Space Force will not include anything from the Star Wars franchise.

The White House said in a statement that "President Trump knows that space is integral to our American way of life and economic prosperity, and is a vital domain for national defense". "And in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength". This person will oversee the Space Force and report to the Secretary of Defense.

"This is so stupid", he added.

In June, the president directed the Pentagon to create a "separate but equal" space force, a complicated and expensive move that could take years to gain Congress' approval and become operational.

The Republicans face a battle to hang on to control of the Senate and House of Representatives in November's mid-term elections.

"What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial", the vice president continued.

The second and more pressing problem is the lack of USA space capability.

Under the new plan, space elements that are now scattered across the department would be gathered under one command, which Pence said would better ensure integration across the military.

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