In June, he directed the Pentagon to create the Space Force, but it wasn't until today we learned details about what the creation of the new branch will be. Except Mars has nothing to do with Trump's proposed Space Force and none of them are as fun as the ones that Bloomberg came up with. "And in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength in the years ahead", Pence said. Vice President Pence said the Space Force would take over already existing space operations and transferring employees. "We have to adapt to that reality". Air Force officials and national security experts have spoken out against the creation of a separate Space Force.
Seth Macfarlane, the showrunner for the Sci-Fi comedy The Orville, put it bests when he tweeted, "If "Space Force" were a TV show, the writers would keep pitching on a better title". As NPR noted at the time, " a new branch of the military can only be established by an act of Congress - something that hasn't happened since the Air Force was split from the Army in 1947.
"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.
Just as advances in aviation technology drove the emergence of air as a new battlefield in the 20th century, advances in space technology have made it clear that space is the new battlefield for the 21st century, the vice president said.
But if you have visions of joining the military - now or under a future Space Force - and strapping on a jet pack, NPR's Geoff Brumfiel is here to crush your dreams.
Décés du comédien et chanteur Etienne Chicot
Mais les années 90 le voient se consacrer davantage à la télévision, notamment dans la série " Louis la Brocante ". Il endosse alors le rôle de Zéro Janvier, interprète du célèbre " blues du businessman ", devenu un standard.
Social media users have been quick to mock the idea of a new military branch.
"China and Russian Federation have been conducting highly sophisticated on-orbit activities that could enable them to maneuver their satellites into close proximity of ours, posing unprecedented new dangers to our space systems", he said.
"Why do we have a Navy?" Rather, she says, the billions of dollars could be better spent in so many other areas.
Brian Weeden, a former Air Force officer who worked in space operations, tells Brumfiel that he agrees there are potential threats in space.
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".
But he, too, isn't convinced that a Space Force is the answer. It is eventually up to politicians to vote to authorise the new branch of the military.