Thursday, President Donald J. Trump (R) announced that he was directing the Pentagon to begin preparing for the creation of Space Force as America’s sixth branch of the armed forces.
“I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces,” Pres. Trump said.
Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) expressed his support for the Trump Administration’s efforts to stand up Space Force as a sixth branch of the military following Vice President Mike Pence’s speech on Space Force at the Pentagon.
“America’s military relies heavily on its space assets to secure our homeland against potential attackers,” Rep. Brooks said. “In this age of highly advanced weaponry, many of our most lethal and crucial weapons systems depend on global positioning satellites to function properly, and Chinese and Russian anti-satellite weaponry threaten those assets. For this reason, a dedicated Space Force is critical to protecting America’s national security interests and freedoms against those who would destroy them.”
“As a member of the House Armed Services Committee who has supported Space Force for years, I am pleased President Trump has aggressively pursued establishing Space Force as a sixth branch of the military,” Congressman Brooks continued. “Vice-President Mike Pence today detailing the dire need for Space Force and describing what the Pentagon needs from Congress to stand up Space Force in the coming years is a welcome step in this process. Going forward, I’m committed to working with the President, my colleagues, and the Pentagon to ensure Space Force is adequately funded and equipped.”
On March 23, 2018, President Trump announced his National Space Strategy, which recognizes that America’s competitors have turned space into a warfighting domain, and charts a whole-of-government approach to maintaining America’s leadership in space.
“As Commander-in-Chief, President Trump’s highest priority is the safety and security of the American people,” Vice-President Mike Pence (R) said in a speech Thursday. “And while, too often, previous administrations all but neglected the growing security threats emerging in space, President Trump stated clearly and forcefully that space is, in his words, “a warfighting domain, just like…land, [and] air, and sea.”
“And just as we’ve done in ages past, the United States of America, under his leadership, will meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield with American ingenuity and strength to defend our nation, protect our people, and carry the cause of liberty and peace into the next great American frontier,” Pence continued. “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 and to our nation. The time has come to establish the United States Space Force.”
Congressmen Mike Rogers (R-Saks) and Mo Brooks have been staunch advocates for the creation of the Space Force.
Rep. Rogers recently told the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce that Russia and China have developed the capability to destroy our satellites and that he wants the U.S. to develop the capability to destroy any adversary’s satellites while protecting our own satellites in orbit. Rogers predicted that Space Force will be headquartered in Colorado Springs.
The Pentagon has expressed some concerns that creating a sixth branch of the armed forces could cost “billions.”