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Trump asks supporters to vote on logo for 'Space Force' gear

Trump asks supporters to vote on logo for 'Space Force' gear

Pence said it is needed to ensure America's dominance in space amid heightened completion and threats from China and Russian Federation.

This will be an "elite group of joint war fighters specializing in the domain of space", and it will draw its ranks from men and women from across the military, according to Pence.

"President Trump and I are grateful to Secretary Mattis for this department's diligence in preparing this report, and our administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations, with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the Space Force by 2020", he said. At that point, the subject of a service branch for space had already been the subject of hot debate within the military and Congress. Leaders of the Air Force, which now owns existing military operations regarding space, have argued that the service does not have the resources to support a separate space service. As NPR noted at the time, " a new branch of the military can only be established by an act of Congress - something that hasn't happened since the Air Force was split from the Army in 1947.

Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images Pence greets audience members after announcing the Trump Administration's plan to create the U.S. Space Force.

A new branch of the military would require layers of bureaucracy, military and civilian leaders, uniforms, equipment and an expansive support structure.

"The U.S. military is big in space, but it's all unmanned satellites", Brumfiel reports.

Pence outlined a series of steps the Pentagon will undertake ahead of the creation of Space Force.

He also said Russian Federation and China were developing weapons, such as hypersonic missiles, to launch attacks from space here on Earth.

In a speech to the Defense Department, he said that countries such as Russia, China, North Korea and Iran are pursuing ways to "bring new weapons of war into space itself".

Mattis stopped short of giving a wholehearted endorsement of the Space Force as a separate branch, however.

"Creating a new branch of the military is not a simple process". We'll work it through the Congress.

Pence pointed to Russia's development of airborne lasers to disrupt space-based systems and China's successful demonstration of how a missile can track and destroy satellites.

Trump marked Pence's announcement with a tweet: "Space Force all the way!"

Pence cited adversaries' advancements in developing hypersonic missiles, which can travel up to five miles per second and evade missile warning systems. "We must have American dominance in space". "But history proves that peace only comes through strength".

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.

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