Space Force: Trump 2020 asks supporters to vote on logo

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Military leaders and experts have questioned the wisdom of launching an expensive, bureaucratic new service branch. "The Space Force will not be built from scratch", Pence said in a speech that he gave to members of the Pentagon.

So we gotta ask.

The US has outlined plans to "prepare for the next battlefield" by creating a new "Space Force" to counter the threat of China and Russian Federation.

On Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis called Pence "the point man" on issues pertaining to the U.S. military and space.

Mr Trump "knows that space is integral to our American way of life and economic prosperity and is a vital domain for national defence" while, under his direction, the U.S. is "reclaiming its heritage as the world's greatest space-faring nation", the White House said.

One of the key functions of the new branch would be to aid U.S. forces on the ground and the air force, giving them combat superiority.

Trump announced his plan for the Space Force in June.

"Across this department and our intelligence agencies, there are literally tens of thousands of military personnel, civilians and contractors operating and supporting our space systems - and together, they are the eyes and ears of America's warfighters around the globe", Pence said.

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The president also blasted Democrats claiming they're pro-crime specifically calling out California Democrat Maxine Waters. Trump relished playing the role of Republican kingmaker, bragging how the GOP candidates he's opposed, like Rep.

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

However Mattis has since echoed support for Trump's position, saying Tuesday that he was "in complete alignment with the president's concern about protecting our assets in space that contribute to our security, to our economy".

The Pentagon proposal delivered to Congress Thursday lays out plans to consolidate the Pentagon's warfighting space forces and make organizational changes to boost the acquisition and development of leading edge technologies.

"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", Pence added.

President Trump is going back to his base over space - as in his proposed Space Force, and wants his MAGA camp to vote on their favorite logo. and then buy it. Rep. Mike Rogers, an Alabama Republican, and Jim Cooper, a Democrat from Tennessee, said in a joint statement that they had been warning for years about the need to beef up military capabilities in space.

The Pentagon sent a report to Congress on Tuesday detailing steps towards meeting Trump's order.

"This report is a step in a multi-year process that we think will result in a safer, stronger America".

"Our nation's armed forces have always been the vanguard of advancing American leadership here on Earth and beyond", Pence said. He also says that the current system, with the Air Force in charge of military space operations, is not ideal.

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