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Trump administration calls for 'Space Force' to be established by 2020

Trump administration calls for 'Space Force' to be established by 2020

"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force", Pence said at the Pentagon on Thursday, invoking the specter of foreign threats to the U.S. satellite infrastructure.

Even if everything goes smoothly on the political and military fronts, there are still legal and technical obstacles to the Trump-Pence vision of a US Space Force.

President Donald Trump called for the establishment of the Space Force back in June to join the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard.

The Air Force, the newest of the armed services dating to 1947, has the largest stake in space.

It's going to take a lot more than a few grandiose speeches from Trump and Pence in order for the Space Force idea to come to fruition, though.

"Today the Department of Defense will release a report outlining the first stages of our administration's plan to implement the President's guidance and turn his vision into a reality", Pence said.

"In his inaugural address to the nation, President Trump declared that the United States stands 'at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, '" Pence said. It already contains a Space Command, which it established in 1982.

The Pentagon proposal delivered to Congress Thursday lays out plans to consolidate the Pentagon's warfighting space forces and make organizational changes to boost the acquisition and development of leading edge technologies.

Pence said the new agency would help the Department of Defense "break free from ineffective and duplicative bureaucratic structures".

All of the proposed logos feature the phrase "Space Force" with one logo that also includes the words "Mars Awaits".

Pence said the White House already has been working with Congress to develop the plan.

The Pentagon's report was welcomed by some members of Congress.

"We are glad that the Pentagon is finally taking these steps in enhancing our space strength", Reps.

Pence cited new threats the USA faces in space, particularly from Russian Federation and China.

THE GOAL. According to Pence, "It is not enough to have an American presence in space". He said Beijing and Moscow have been developing missiles, lasers and other technologies with the aim of targeting United States satellites.

The Pentagon report recommended that for now the unified command be in the hands of the Air Force, which currently oversees some of the most critical space-based capabilities.

In every domain, America will always seek peace, the vice president said. "Across this department, and our intelligence agencies, there are literally tens of thousands of military personnel, civilians, and contractors operating and supporting our space systems".