President Trump started the ball rolling in June when he announced he was directing the Defense Department to create a “Space Force.” A new and a sixth branch of the military.
Vice President Mike Pence followed this up during his visit to the Pentagon last week. During his speech, he reiterated President Trump’s desire to launch the new branch, no pun intended, by 2020.
Shelby Lin Erdman, of the Cox Media Group National Content Desk, summed it up nicely when she reported, “Boldly going where no man has gone before, the Trump administration has outlined its proposal for how the proposed new Space Force branch of the military will get underway. The proposal will be implemented in stages if Congress approves.”
The outline submitted to Congress indicates that, at least initially, the Space Force will be created from personnel and entities that currently exist throughout our government and our branches of the military now.
“The Space Command would prepare for conflicts in space and would be led by a four-star general.”
“As part of the recommendation, a Space Development Agency would be created to create technologies for the new division. This would be civilian-led.”
“Finally, the proposal recommends creating a Space Operations Force consisting of space technology and warfare experts.”
These are exciting times for our country and our military.
“At least one government official appears gung-ho:”
“Space Force all the way!” — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2018
President Trump, and many Americans, feel that “getting ahead in space is integral to the nation’s national security.” The President continued by saying, “When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space.”
The creation of a Space Force is an idea that is really overdue. Just like after World War II when it made sense to create an Air Force, it makes sense now to create a Space Force.
Hours after the Vice-President’s speech, the word went out:
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 10, 2018
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