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SPACE FORCE

A new military branch for a “new battlefield” – the White House proposes a Space Force to patrol and protect “the next great American frontier.”

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What is the Space Force?

  • Proposal would create 6th branch of the military, in addition to Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, & Navy.
  • Vice President Mike Pence says the new military branch will not add more personnel, but use existing staff.
  • Goal to is establish by 2020.
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Why Do We Need It?

  • VP detailed concerns of other nations “weaponizing space” with efforts to develop satellite-killing rockets, citing threats from Russia & China.
  • U.S. is increasingly dependent upon satellites. National security, TVs, phones, GPS, weather prediction (i.e. agriculture), & finance (i.e. swiping your credit card) are all linked to space.
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“There is a threat out there, but it is being handled by the U.S. Air Force today. It doesn’t make sense to build a whole other level of bureaucracy in an already bureaucratic DOD (Department of Defense).”

Captain Mark Kelly, retired NASA astronaut who commanded the final mission of space shuttle Endeavor, referencing the Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force base in Colorado.
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Something to Consider

President Trump cannot create a Space Force without Congressional approval.

VP mentioned the request for funding will come in the President’s next budget (unveiled in February).

Remember: Congress controls purse strings & allocating taxpayer money.

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VP Pence announced the Space Force because he's chairman of the National Space Council - a concept created under Pres. Eisenhower that was disbanded during Clinton administration. Trump “restarted” it in 2017.

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“in complete alignment with the President’s concern about protecting our assets in space.”
Defense Secretary James Mattis who previously opposed the idea.

“…threats are proliferating at a pace we have never seen before, and the Chinese are calling space the American Achilles’ heel.”
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine