Space Force: everything you need to know about the White House proposal

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"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force", he said, repeating Trump's call for Congress to invest an additional $8 billion in USA space security systems over the next five years.

The primary aim of establishing a sixth armed service-the others being the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy-is to accelerate the development and deployment of new technologies for space warfighting, Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan told reporters during an engagement after the rollout.

Earlier this week, Mattis signaled his support for a new Space Command to take place alongside existing commands, but demurred when asked about the creation of a separate service entirely, saying it was a matter for Congress to decide. One little sticking point is whether or not the move will trample over the Outer Space Treaty America signed up to in the 1960s.

The new Space Force announced on Thursday?

"This is a dumb idea". Instead, many have argued that the effort is best left under the Air Force's purview, as it is now. "President Trump", he said.

Kelly was referring to the Air Force Space Command, though the group has had different names over the years.

"Space has been used for military purposes from the beginning, so it is arguably already fully militarized", Harrison said. The group also helps track the countless pieces of space junk and debris around Earth that pose a persistent threat to anything in orbit. Willard exclaimed. "We're building a space wall and those filthy Neptunians are gonna pay for it!" Its responsibilities include oversight of the country's nuclear-weapons capabilities, which involves space because long-range, nuclear-tipped missiles fly through space. But as planes continued to advance technologically and find their way into mainstream travel, "Congress decided they needed to have a new branch of the military", Dodge said.

"One giant leap in the right direction".

Colbert played a clip of the president talking about a space-based military branch from "stardate March 13, where supreme leader Trump addressed a confused planet".

The first order of business, according to the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, is to pick a cool Space Force logo.

Many members of congress are vowing to stop what they believe is a waste of time and money by the military.

But, earlier this week, Mr Mattis said he is in "complete alignment" with Mr Trump's concerns about United States space assets.

It would require a new headquarters and major organizational changes.

Some Republican lawmakers expressed support for the project, but many Democrats derided the idea as a money pit that would jeopardize other priorities. Bill Nelson of Florida tweeted on June 18. China even plans to send people to the moon in the 2020s, something the United States hasn't done in over forty-five years. "Too many important missions at stake". The Army and the Navy, the first two branches of the U.S. military, are enshrined in the Constitution.

A war in space might also lead to something called a Kessler event.

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