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Trump’s Space Force may be mimicked by foreign adversaries: Capt. Scott Kelly

Trump’s Space Force may be mimicked by foreign adversaries: Capt. Scott Kelly

The report says the Defense Department will "establish an affordable and efficient operating structure with accountable civilian oversight to provide service and support functions for the Space Force".

In an email to supporters hours after Thursday's announcement, Trump's 2020 re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale said the campaign would be "selling a new line of gear" branded with Space Force insignia - and asked recipients to vote on six possible logos.

Pence unveiled details of plans to create a Space Force which would be the sixth branch of America's military, saying the "time has come" to prepare for "the next battlefield".

The image modifies the existing flag for the Russian Space Forces into a Trump-style logo.

The first step would be to create a US Space Command by the end of the year - a new combatant command that would have dedicated resources, be led by a four-star general and be tasked with defending space.

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.

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".

The Russian Space Forces, a branch of the Russian Aerospace Forces, is a military group for space operations that develops military and integrated satellite systems.

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The Space Force would be the first new branch since 1947, when the Air Force was established as its own branch.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, in an address at the Pentagon, described the Space Force as "an idea whose time has come". It identifies several actions that DoD will take as the nation evolves its space capabilities, "and they are built on the lessons of the past", Pence said.

"Although "Space Force" won't happen, it's risky to have a leader who can not be talked out of insane ideas", Senator Schatz said on Twitter.

The White House points to galactic threats from USA adversaries, particularly Russian Federation and China, which could develop weapons to jam, blind or destroy satellites that are crucial to communications systems. He said Beijing and Moscow have been developing missiles, lasers and other technologies with the aim of targeting U.S. satellites.

Military spacecraft like the Air Force's X-37B space plane could be transferred to the proposed Space Force.

He said: "The United States Space Force will strengthen our security and ensure our prosperity, and it will also carry American ideals into the boundless expanse of space".

In May, Trump was instructed to set up a space force that would be independent of the aviation force. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis threw his support behind that idea on Tuesday. Instead, the Defense Department wants to establish two new entities that wouldn't be military branches, the U.S. Space Command and Space Development Agency. We can barely get objects from point A to point B. How he plans to militarize space is extremely unclear.


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