Trump Administration Outlines 'Space Force' Plan, But Obstacles Remain

US Vice President Mike Pence

"There will be no Millennium Falcon, no Jedis or Wookiees we are sad to report", the Fox News host said. It leaves no doubt that the Pentagon is on board with the Space Force plan despite earlier reservations.

However, before it gets off the ground - Space Force still needs Congress to pass new legislation.

What's changed since then is that Trump has become increasingly focused on the subject and concluded that a new military branch is needed.

In June, President Donald Trump called for the establishment of the sixth armed service, to join the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard. "Next February in the president's budget, we will call on the Congress to marshal the resources we need to stand up". The secretary will oversee a unified combat command that will coordinate activities and establish combat doctrines for space.

Pence said at the Pentagon the force was needed to ensure America's dominance in space amid heightened tensions with China and Russian Federation.

It's a venture that had an excited President Trump tweeting: "Space Force all the way!".

But if you have visions of joining the military - now or under a future Space Force - and strapping on a jet pack, NPR's Geoff Brumfiel is here to crush your dreams. Only Congress has the authority to establish a new branch of the military-something that hasn't happened since the U.S. Air Force was founded in 1947. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis threw his support behind that idea on Tuesday.

Key among these is the creation of US Space Command, a new organizational body that would draw in members of existing military branches.

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The email came hours after Mr Pence gave a speech at the Pentagon, where he argued that the U.S. must invest in creating a new force in order to counter Russian and Chinese operations.

Star Wars fan and comedy writer Brian Santa Maria is hoping that camping out for Star Wars: Episode I tickets back in 1999 will now qualify him for a Space Force GI Bill.

The Defense Department has to "prepare for the next battlefield", said Pence.

The creation of a Space Force has met with opposition, inside and out of the Pentagon.

"We must have American dominance in space, and so we will", Pence said in his speech at the Pentagon.

"Other nations are seeking to disrupt our space-based systems and challenge American supremacy in space as never before", the vice president said.

Over on Twitter, where the mere idea of a "Space Force" was widely mocked, people couldn't help but offer logo concepts they felt were more appropriate. The Pentagon and intelligence community has a host of sensitive satellites that perform all sorts of vital national security tasks, such as missile warning, precision-guided munitions, military communications and intelligence.

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