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Vice President Pence provides details about formation of proposed 'Space Force'

The military relies on space technology for various operations, including Global Positioning System, satellite imagery and probes that can detect missile launches.

But for critics, the force is an expensive and unnecessary step in the wrong direction.

Pence reiterated the president's burning desire for the armed-forces addition in his announcement, citing Trump's insistence that space is a battleground no different from air and sea.

Mattis had previously opposed the creation of a separate military branch focused on space, writing to Rep. Mike Turner of OH in July of 2017 that he did "not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations".

Brian Weeden, a former Air Force officer who worked in space operations, tells Brumfiel that he agrees there are potential threats in space.

There is no independent military branch focused on space, but there is a sizable space command within the air force.

Chinese analysts expect Washington's ambitious plan announced on Thursday to fuel an accelerating space arms race between the two nations and Russian Federation, even though China's technology still lags behind America's.

The new military branch will be responsible for a range of capabilities, including the US-made Global Position System (GPS) and technologies that guide and track missile launches.

And yes, one of these just says "Mars awaits" even though presumably the Space Force is not just about Mars.

"And by the way", she added, "The [Department of Defense's] report to Congress today does call for a separate unified command for space".

Outlining the basic structure of the Space Force, US Vice-President Mike Pence and Defence Secretary James Mattis said space was vital to the country's national interests.

"It is time to form the United States Space Force". The Space Command will be led by a four-star general to oversee warfighting operations.

But, earlier this week, Mr Mattis said he is in "complete alignment" with Mr Trump's concerns about United States space assets. Citing concerns about Russian Federation and China's growing fleet of satellites and technological advancements in space technology, the administration sees building a separate force as vital to protecting our interests in space.

"Ultimately, Congress must act to establish this new department, which will organize, train and equip the United States Space Force", Pence said.

Would a Space Force fighter have to battle ALF?

Stephen Colbert used his latest monologue to ridicule President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for their efforts to build hype for a "Space Force".

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