White House, Pentagon Take First Step Towards Establishing Space Force
The White House and the Pentagon are taking the first steps toward creating a Space Force, the sixth branch of the military.
“The time has come to establish the United States Space Force,” said Vice President Mike Pence.
VP Pence announced a plan for Space Force at the Pentagon Thursday.
By the end of the year, they hope to create a space command prepared to fight in space just as other commands prepare to fight overseas.
The U.S. military depends on more than 100 satellites for communication and guiding weapons to their targets.
Other countries like Russia and China know that and are already launching so-called “hunter-killer satellites” which can disable American satellites with laser blasts.
Lieutenant General Jay Raymond works at the command center for U.S. Satellites.
He says over the past few years, they’ve detected debris originally believed to be space junk that may, in fact, be hunter-killers in action.
Space Force still has to be approved by Congress in order to be put into action.
Critics say there is no need for a Space Force because the Air Force already performs similar roles.
But supporters of Space Force say other branches of the military are not able to give space the attention and money it deserves.