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U.S. plans to add Space Force to military by 2020, calling it next ‘war-fighting domain’

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  1. Catalyst75 Well-Known Member

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    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced plans Thursday for the country’s military to encompass a “Space Force” by 2020.

    The vice president was at the Pentagon, and revealed the plans alongside Defense Secretary James Mattis.

    “Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America’s best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation,” Pence said.

    “The time has come to establish the United States Space Force.”

    Pence said the move was “a natural evolution” for the U.S. military, which has expanded in the past with additions such as an air force.

    The Space Force would be the sixth branch of the military, which currently consists of the Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Army.

    But before that, Congressional approval is needed.

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

    The vice president cited Russia and China as threats to U.S. space-based capabilities, saying the country intends to be a leader.

    Pence echoed earlier statements by U.S. President Donald Trump and Mattis that space is becoming a “war-fighting domain” and needs to be treated as much.

    “We need to address space as a developing war fighting domain and a combatant command is certainly one thing that we can — we can establish,” Mattis said earlier this week.

    But the announcement didn’t excite everyone.

    Former astronaut and retired U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly said a separate military branch devoted to space was redundant and wasteful, and that while Pence was right about the threats in outer space, the military was already handling them.

    “There is a threat out there but it’s being handled by the U.S. Air Force today. (It) doesn’t make sense to build a whole other level of bureaucracy in an incredibly bureaucratic DoD,” Kelly told MSNBC in an interview.

    “It is an area where we should continue focus on,” he added, pointing in particular to China. “But we can do this within the U.S. Air Force.

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    Just a refresher on why this is a bad thing:





    Then again, the US under Bush did abstain from the Space Preservation Treaty designed to prevent an arms race and a placement of weapons in outer space, so...
     
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    Just disclose intelligent alien civilization exists already. :defeatWhy the fuck do we need a space force?
     
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    Vanity.

    As the article also includes, the proposed "duties" for this Space Force are already covered by the Air Force. The addition of a sixth military force would only jack up the already excessively inflated US military budget.
     
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  5. hadou bad motherfucker

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  7. RemChu † Interlinked †

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    Everyone and their grandma knows this is fucking ridiculous.

    My own grandma confirms this.
     
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    Pretty much this. Entire thing was spurred by Trump who's only military experience was dodging Vietnam nearly 50 years ago.
     
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    Sometimes I wonder how much the outer space treaty may have stunted space development.
     
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    Sounds like a distraction from the several Republicans being caught in various scandals.
     
  14. RAGING BONER Sexual Tyrannosaurus

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    what a time to be alive :lmao
     
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  17. Takano-san Doroshī no yūjin

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    That's not something that any government could actually hide at this point. If alien life forms

    had been discovered, by now, we would know. There's no way to cover up extraterrestrial life coming into contact with humanity.

    Mechs like that might not be around for a while. This is a much more realistic expectation.
     
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    Militarizing space......what could go wrong besides everything ?

    There is a reason treaties regarding space have as their base the advancement of the whole of humanity, not just 1 country. If we start dick measuring in space being the fucktarded species that we are we're going to destroy ourselves.
     
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    The only worth noting in 2020 and 2025 is who achieve their Paris Agreement target. Nothing else matters more than it. Coz if we dont achieve the target by 2100 we are fucked
     
  20. makeoutparadise I will have my revenge

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  22. Yami Munesanzun I am now having ALL teh segzy.

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    Shame on you both.
     
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    Nope. The administration probably despises Star Trek for being "too left-leaning". :maybe
     
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    if we stop throwing carbon into atmosphere, i have hope that earth can start adsorbing the existing.

    by sea, by tree etc
     
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    Here's hoping that Japan heavily militarises once again and unleashes the Sentinels we all know they've been secretely building.

    The age of intergalactic warfare and space conquest is nigh.

    Space Isis, if you're reading this, brace yourselves!
     
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