Space Force: Trump 2020 asks supporters to vote on logo

12 August, 2018, 00:35 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Pence announces first steps in establishing 'Space Force'

Colbert joked that the Space Force came from an idea President Trump "got from a Buzz Lightyear Happy Meal toy".

Pence's Pentagon trip coincides with the release of a Department of Defense report to Congress on recommendations for the Space Force. It is eventually up to politicians to vote to authorise the new branch of the military.

"In 2007, China launched a missile that tracked and destroyed one of its own satellites-a highly provocative demonstration of China's growing capability to militarize space", Pence said.

Democratic Senator Brian Schatz, who is on the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, said the Space Force was a 'dumb idea'.

Former astronaut and retired US Navy Captain Mark Kelly said that while US Vice-President Mike Pence was right about the threats in outer space, the military was already handling them.

Media captionCould Trump's "Space Force" become a reality?

Second, the report calls for the establishment of a Space Operations Force - an elite group of joint warfighters, specializing in the domain of space, who will form the backbone of the nation's newest armed service.

Dodge noted that creating a Space Force now, instead of waiting for the future, would allow the U.S.to "Keep pace with and [go] beyond the abilities of potential adversaries to the United States".

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".


A unified combatant command known as the US Space Command would be formed by the end of 2018, according to a copy reviewed by Reuters.

In a letter to supporters Thursday, the Trump 2020 campaign said it would sell a line of gear that could come with a logo of their choosing - including one labelled "Mars Awaits" - to commemorate "President Trump's new Space Force", according to a copy of the email - a move that fuelled criticism that the effort was motivated by politics.

Key among these is the creation of US Space Command, a new organizational body that would draw in members of existing military branches.

Since yesterday we've located a few more clues as to how these logos were created. "But we can do this within the US Air Force". The Defense Department will ask Congress for $8 billion in space security systems over the next five years. The Air Force, which now oversees space programs, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had argued in the past against adding to the Pentagon's sprawling bureaucracy.

Donald Trump has tasked the US Department of Defence and The Pentagon with the creation of a new force to uphold "American dominance" in space.

Retired People's Liberation Army colonel Yue Gang said the arms race between the US, China and Russian Federation had already begun in space, and it was escalating.

NY graphic design studio Other Means created a logo using the lettering from the Mel Brooks parody "Spaceballs", writing: "Is the Trump presidency being written by Mel Brooks?"

In terms of practical considerations, Pence mentioned a couple of activities that will be folded into the space force. That will be joined by a Space Development Agency that, by becoming part of the defense bureaucracy, is meant to be an antidote to bureaucracy and enable new thinking.

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