Merchandise already? Trump’s Space Force logo contest triggers avalanche of ‘better’ designs

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Creating a sixth branch of the United States military to oversee space defense - a Space Force -could spur technological innovation, but could just as likely cause disruption among organizations tasked with defending us military and commercial interests in orbit, according to Margaret E. Kosal, an associate professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. "Space is an environment that we're supposed to work together peacefully in". This will be the sixth service after the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air Force.

"It is time to write the next chapter in the history of our armed forces to prepare for the next battlefield where the best and fearless Americans will be called upon to prevent and defeat a new wave of threats against our people and our nation "Pence said in a speech to the military at the Pentagon".

The 59-year-old US Vice President claimed a space force was required to ensure America's "dominance" in space, amid growing antagonism and threats from China and Russian Federation.

The Space Force would initially draw experts from existing space and military program in becoming the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. Develop another one. Space Force.

"Our adversaries have transformed space into a warfighting domain already and the United States will not shrink from this challenge", Pence added.

Trump announced his plan for the Space Force in June.

But with Russian Federation and China developing weapons that threaten US satellites and investing in hypersonic technology, Pence said the nation could not afford inaction.

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He added the "Space Force" was an idea "whose time has come".

Trump has said the name "Space Force" began as a bit of a joke.

Pence now serves as chair for the president's revitalized National Space Council. It identifies several actions that DoD will take as the nation evolves its space capabilities, "and they are built on the lessons of the past", Pence said.

The Trump administration wants to funnel $8bn of taxpayers' cash over five years to its buddies in the military contracting world construct and equip America's Space Force.

· The creation of a unified controlling body called the US Space Command by the end of this year that would have resources for defending American interests in space.

No, here in the Land of the Free, we're getting a space force by 2020.

In an interview with Space.com, Michael Dodge, an assistant professor in the Department of Space Studies at the University of North Dakota, likened the creation of a Space Force with the birth of the Air Force in the 20th century.

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