Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday outlined plans for a Space Force, a new “separate but equal” branch of the military that President Donald Trump wants to establish and implement by 2020.
Giving a speech at the Pentagon, Pence said a Space Force is necessary to defend the United States against the growing military and space capabilities of adversaries like China and Russia.
Breaking: Pence details plan for creation of a Space Force that would become the sixth branch of the military https://t.co/rumEiAwIMt
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 9, 2018
“Just as we’ve done in ages past, the United States will meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield,” he said. “The time has come to establish the United States Space Force.”
Pence added that the weaponization of space is “the next and the natural evolution of American supremacy.”
.@POTUS Trump is committed to preparing for the next battlefield where America’s best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people and our nation… The time has come to establish the United States #SpaceForce. https://t.co/NvblGTdJCO
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) August 9, 2018
“America will always seek peace, in space as on earth,” Pence added. “But history proves that peace only comes through strength. And in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength.”
Trump responded to Pence’s speech on Twitter: “Space Force all the way!”
Space Force all the way!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2018
Trump got roasted immediately.
Manaforce all the way to prison!
— God (@thegoodgodabove) August 9, 2018
Trump I think you mean Meme* Force
— Dr Grandayy (@grandayy) August 9, 2018
Can you just take some pictures of a Buzz Lightyear action figure on the mood and tell him it’s space force? Everything else has stealth tech no it’s invisible
— Archimedes-CLOSE THE CAMPS🦉Ω (@Archimedes2020) August 9, 2018
To covfefe and beyond!
— Covfefe (@covfefe) August 9, 2018
How are we going to pay for this, exactly?
The $8 billion proposal would require Congressional approval and would take away responsibilities from the Air Force, which currently monitors our skies.
Former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly called Trump’s Space Force a “dumb idea.”
This is a dumb idea. The Air Force does this already. That is their job. What’s next, we move submarines to the 7th branch and call it the “under-the-sea force?” https://t.co/S1urOuJBe6
— Mark Kelly (@ShuttleCDRKelly) June 19, 2018
If Trump can’t get a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border, why not wall off the planet?
— Mel Takes a Left at Elections (@SensualGemss) August 9, 2018
Meanwhile, space exploration, which includes planetary defense research against asteroids and meteors, faces steep budget cuts.