What the heck is a Space Force? We finally (sort of) know.
In an announcement at the Pentagon yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James Mattis outlined the basic structure of the administration’s proposed Space Force.
Mike Pence makes announcement
The plan expanded on President Donald Trump’s unexpected directive issued to the Commander of the Joint Chiefs in June. During a routine meeting of the National Space Council on June 19, Trump surprised the room of dignitaries, space experts, astronauts, and representatives of the aerospace industry by announcing that he wanted to create a sixth branch of the military that he referred to as the Space Force.
“Space is one of our vital national interests,” Mattis said, comparing it to land, sea, and cyberspace as a war-fighting domain.
Pence evoked growing security threats in space as a rationale for creating this new Space Force. He cited China’s 2007 missile test that destroyed one of its own satellites, and evidence that both China and Russia are actively looking for technologies that could interfere with or disable United States space-based systems, either through ground or space-based means, including increasing satellite maneuverability to interfere with the satellites of other ...