Trump sets goal to create US military Space Force by 2020 Aug 10, 2018 0 522 12345 REUTERSWASHINGTONPRESIDENT Donald Trump's administration on Thursday outlined an aggressive plan for creating a sixth branch of the US military by 2020 - a Space Force to better confront emerging security threats - but the proposal will need approval from a divided Congress.Critics view the creation of a Space Force as an unnecessary and expensive bureaucratic endeavour and scoff at comparisons to the establishment of the Air Force in 1947.The Space Force would be responsible for a range of crucial space-based US military capabilities, which include everything from satellites enabling the Global Positioning System (GPS) to sensors that help track missile launches.US Vice President Mike Pence, in a Pentagon address, described the Space Force as"an idea whose time has come.""The next generation of Americans to confront the emerging threats in the boundless expanse of space will be wearing the uniform of the United States of America," he said, adding that Congress must now act to establish and fund the department.Trump, the champion of the plan, tweeted:"Space Force all the way!"Their remarks were timed to coincide with the release of a Pentagon report outlining the steps needed to create a Space Force, something it does not have the power to do on its own.The Pentagon report included interim steps including creating a unified combatant command, known as the US Space Command, by the end of 2018, according to a copy reviewed by Reuters. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis threw his support behind that idea on Tuesday.The Pentagon report recommended that for now the unified command be in the hands of the Air Force, which currently oversees some of the most critical space-based capabilities.One of the arguments in favour of devoting more resources to a Space Force or Space Command is that American rivals like Russia and China appear increasingly ready to strike US space-based capabilities in the event of a conflict."It is becoming a contested war fighting domain and we have to adapt to that reality," Mattis said as he introduced Pence. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Firefighters make progress in quelling California wildfire Aug 10, 2018 0 240 Assange considers offer to appear before US Senate committee Aug 10, 2018 0 271 Conservative party to probe Johnson for burqa remarks, mulls action Aug 10, 2018 0 325 US says Russia sanctions to target security-related goods REUTERS LONDON US sanctions on Russia will target exports of national security-related goods including sectors such as specialised oil and gas technology and some electronics and sensors, a senior US State Department .. Respite as Portugal blaze dies down Monchique Wildfires which have blazed along a smouldering stretch of Portugal's Algarve for a week died down on Thursday, but fears remained that winds could reignite the flames."It's calmer and we do not have .. Colombia blames kidnap of soldiers on ELN guerrillas Bogota Three off-duty soldiers were kidnapped by suspected ELN guerrillas on Colombia's northeastern border with Venezuela, authorities said on Thursday. The news comes a week after Marxist ELN rebels offered to .. Greek PM vows to revamp national disaster unit Athens Embattled Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday vowed to create a new national disaster unit as the death toll from last month's deadliest-ever wildfires rose to 93."What's important today is .. Nine dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkey Istanbul At least nine migrants including seven children died early Thursday after their boat sank off the western coast of Turkey, local media reported. Four people were rescued by the Turkish coast guard after the boat .. Migrant rescue ship docks in Spain after Italy refusal Algeciras, Spain Close to two months after giving a high-profile welcome to the stranded Aquarius migrant rescue boat, Spain once again opened its ports Thursday to a charity vessel carrying 87 men and boys saved off .. US appeals court orders EPA to ban pesticide washington A divided federal appeals court on Thursday ordered the US Environmental Protection Agency to ban a pesticide that critics say can harm children and farmers. The 2-1 decision by the 9th US Circuit Court of .. Judge backs off comments to prosecutors in Manafort's trial REUTERS WASHINGTON THE judge in the trial of US President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort expressed contrition on Thursday to jurors for harsh commentary directed at prosecutors. "I may have ..