Pence Details Plans for US Space Force
Trump announced the US would create the space force, the 6th branch of the US Military.
Vice President Pence expressed the need for "US dominance in space" as the Department of Defense released a report that outlined the program.
Trump tweeted "Space Force all the way!" shortly after the report was released.
The DOD Report
The report was 15 pages and claimed the government would "usher in a new age of space technology" such as:
used to disable or destroy satellites
used to prevent or restrict military communication
Enhanced Radar and GPS Tech
used to enhance detection and tracking of objects
A New Military Branch
Creating the first new military branch since 1947 will have to pass a few obstacles:
a passing vote from Congress
a brand new
and even a new ranking system
An Unknown Budget
The Pentagon did not specify a budget for the Space Force though it could be implemented in the 2020 fiscal year.
High ranking military members have expressed concerns over how the space force would fit into the military budget.
US Defense Spending
US military spending is the highest it's been since the Iraq War
of America's $4 trillion budget goes to the military. America's total military
spending is more than the next 11 countries combined.
is the US defense budget for 2019, an $82 billion increase from 2017