U.S. Vice President Mike Pence introduced plans Thursday for the nation’s navy to embody a “Area Drive” by 2020.
The vice chairman was on the Pentagon, and revealed the plans alongside Protection Secretary James Mattis.
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“Now the time has come to write down the following nice chapter within the historical past of our armed forces, to organize for the following battlefield the place America’s greatest and bravest can be referred to as to discourage and defeat a brand new technology of threats to our individuals, to our nation,” Pence mentioned.
“The time has come to determine the USA Area Drive.”
Pence mentioned the transfer was “a pure evolution” for the U.S. navy, which has expanded prior to now with additions corresponding to an air power.
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The Area Drive can be the sixth department of the navy, which at the moment consists of the Air Drive, Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Military.
However earlier than that, Congressional approval is required.
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“Finally, Congress should act to determine this new division, which is able to arrange, prepare and equip the USA Area Drive,” Pence mentioned.
The vice chairman cited Russia and China as threats to U.S. space-based capabilities, saying the nation intends to be a frontrunner.
Pence echoed earlier statements by U.S. President Donald Trump and Mattis that area is changing into a “war-fighting area” and must be handled as a lot.
“We have to handle area as a creating conflict preventing area and a combatant command is actually one factor that we are able to — we are able to set up,” Mattis mentioned earlier this week.
However the announcement didn’t excite everybody.
Former astronaut and retired U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly mentioned a separate navy department dedicated to area was redundant and wasteful, and that whereas Pence was proper concerning the threats in outer area, the navy was already dealing with them.
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“There’s a menace on the market nevertheless it’s being dealt with by the U.S. Air Drive at the moment. (It) doesn’t make sense to construct a complete different stage of forms in an extremely bureaucratic DoD,” Kelly instructed MSNBC in an interview.
“It’s an space the place we should always proceed concentrate on,” he added, pointing specifically to China. “However we are able to do that throughout the U.S. Air Drive.
— With recordsdata from The Related Press, Reuters
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