Trump's re-election campaign asks supporters to vote on Space Force logos

Trump administration tout groundwork for future 'space force'

Trump administration tout groundwork for future 'space force'

There is now no details and no timetable, but the establishment of a new military branch to oversee war fighting in space would require congressional approval.

Vice President Pence described the White House's plans for a Space Force, a sixth branch of the USA military that would be responsible for operations in outer space, in a speech on Thursday.

The report also calls for the creation of "a Space Operations Force of career space experts who are trained, promoted and retained as space warfighting professionals" to include engineers, scientists, intelligence experts, operators and strategists. "Until we have those same needs in space, the Air Force and the other services are doing all the things we need to do".

"Now is not the time to rip the Air Force apart".

Pence reiterated the president's burning desire for the armed-forces addition in his announcement, citing Trump's insistence that space is a battleground no different from air and sea.

As he said, the preparations are now under way to build this sixth army space force, along with the US Army, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Air Force and the Coast Guard. "And third, the thrashing about that would come with such a huge reorganization, I believe and fear, would actually set back the momentum that we've seen in the past few years improving the space enterprise".

If a new assistant secretary were added for space, DoD would have to ask Congress to authorize it or it could eliminate an existing position.

In fact, he originally coined the term as a joke before directing the Pentagon in June to immediately begin working on the creation of the new branch.

Boosting its space capabilities further would allow the country to identify and target distant forces, improve surveillance and restrict enemy access to strategic locations, the report said.

The Space Force would be responsible for a range of crucial space-based USA military capabilities, which include everything from satellites enabling the Global Positioning System (GPS) to sensors that help track missile launches.

Retired People's Liberation Army colonel Yue Gang said the arms race between the US, China and Russian Federation had already begun in space, and it was escalating.

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 results ranged from a straightforward logo with a little green alien front and center; a minimalistic black-on-white logo that represents a "black hole of sorts"; and a silhouette of Trump with the word "space" where his brain would be.

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson has said such a move would "rip the Air Force apart".

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.

Why do we need it?

To provide context, Nasa is a civilian branch of government whereas the Space Force will be a branch of the U.S. military.

President Donald Trump's campaign wants to start selling a new Space Force themed line of merchandise, and they are soliciting votes on which design to use.

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