One small step for man, one giant leap for the military.
“You will have the space force” // “That’s where it’s at — space!” // “Space Force! People love that,” said president trump.
Now that “space force” is a step *closer to becoming the sixth branch of service
The first new branch of military since the air force split from the army in 1947.
The goal: To have it up and running by 2020 – with the Trump Administration hoping to reorganize existing space programs and personnel
Develop new tactics and technologies.
And create a new elite joint force – space “war-fighters”.
To help combat Russia and China’s aggressive moves beyond Earth’s atmosphere.
“It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space. And so we will,” said Vice President Mike Pence.
The vice president announcing the new push at the pentagon, joined by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who backs the president’s plan now.
But he didn’t always – initially worried about more red tape the government doesn’t need.
Retired astronaut Mark Kelly agrees.
“There is a threat out there. But it’s being handled by the U.S. Air Force today. It doesn’t make sense to build a whole other level of bureaucracy in an incredibly bureaucratic dod, ” said Mark Kelly.
But the president’s serious about it; even if he wasn’t at *first.
“I said maybe we need a new force. We’ll call it ‘Space Force.’ And I was not really serious. Then i said what a great idea! Maybe we’ll have to do that,” said President Trump.
His administration – now asking congress for eight billion dollars over the next five years.
As his campaign asks supporters to pick a new logo from six different options.
Now this is not a done deal just yet.
Congress would have to approve it as a new branch of the military and the pentagon is still working on a final estimate of the overall cost.
However backers of the plan still hope to have the space force established by the year 2020.
The final frontier – now the next one – for the U.S. Military.