closevideo what would be the “Space Force” to do and Congress approve?
This is a small signature for the presidential trump card, a giant leap for the “space force.”
President Trump signed on Tuesday a Memorandum of agreement that officially established that the United States is the interstellar armed forces. The news was announced by Vice-President Mike Pence, during a speech on Tuesday morning on the SpaceX rocket Launch in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
“Under his leadership, the United States has taken steps to ensure that American national security is so dominant in the room, as it is here on earth,” Pence said. “It is an honour for me to announce that today, President Trump is head of the Department of Defense to establish fighter command, the supervision of all of our military activities in space.”
Pence added: “The US space command to integrate space capabilities across all branches of the military. It is the development of the space-doctrine-tactics, techniques and procedures that allow our war fighters for the defense of our nation in this new era.”
Officially, the United States Space Command, new command is called, a new branch of the armed forces – or the “space force” as trump has previously said, but Pence noted in his speech on Tuesday that trump is expected to bar soon to sign a policy Directive, the laying out of plans, and a time to the “space force”, the sixth branch of the military.
“We are working as we speak with the leaders of both parties in Congress to stand up, the United States Space Force before the end of 2020,” Pence said.
In addition to the definition of the “space force” Trump memo also defense directs Minister James Mattis, select the commanding officers for the presidential nomination and for Senate approval.
The U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Command operated, since 1982, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.
The new command sharpens its profile, putting it on par with the current fighter commands such as U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) responsible for U.S. forces in the Middle East and in Afghanistan, the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and the U.S. Cyber Command.
The U.S. Space Command there was in this same capacity from 1982 to 2002. After the 9/11 attacks, it was moved under the U.S. Strategic Command, responsible for all US military nuclear weapons.
Experts said Military.com shortly after trump first floated the idea in the course of this summer that the space force would need somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 active personnel supplemented by a small army of civilian and a service Academy such as the U.S. military Academy at West Point or the Air Force Academy in Colorado would have to be established to the schools of their future leaders.
“The most compelling rationale for an independent service for the room on the personnel side,” said Todd Harrison, Director of the aviation safety and security project at the center for Strategic and International studies. “Care for a place in the cadre of space professionals … that’s where the Air Force has a lot to offer in the way of reform.”
But perhaps the biggest question is: What is the “space force would do” actually?
While some online imagine commentators, something like Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica, the reality would be, at least in the foreseeable future, more down to earth.
Within the Pentagon there is a small, but vocal, minority programs, such as anti-satellite weapons, missile-capability for the detection and space-based solar power, counter-mounting-space-threats from Russia and China are pushing. But others argue that the greatest danger for the future of the exploration of space is the floating debris around the earth the orbit now.
Whatever the mission, the experts tend to agree that a “space force” to be something that patrol the final frontier at any time during trump the current legislative session.
“This is something that runs takes a long time, three to five years, if things run smoothly, and this is actually by the Congress,” John Crassidis, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of Buffalo, told Fox News.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlison contributed to this report.