'Angry NASA or Mars invasion': Space force logos mocked

Trump has strongly championed the idea of creating a space-focused military service with the same stature as the Air Force and the Army, turning his dreams of a "Space Force" into a rallying cry for supporters at political events.

Vice President Mike Pence announced on Thursday a plan to make changes to how the Department of Defense runs its space operations, with the eventual goal of creating a Space Force as the sixth branch of the military.

In a Pentagon speech on Wednesday, Mike Pence unveiled United States plans for "the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces", saying that the country had to keep up with new technology in order to ensure its continued safety.

What did Stephen Colbert say about the Space Force? "The Space Force will grow the world's most capable national security space workforce".

"It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space".

As Colbert moved onto Pence's widely-mocked speech to the Defense Department, he imagined what it would've been like if John F. Kennedy used his famous "we choose to go to the moon" speech in the context of the Trump era.

Pence announced the project in a speech at the Pentagon yesterday, saying something about threats from China and Russian Federation.

Currently, the Air Force oversees most space capabilities and there is some push back from officials who worry the Space Force's mission would be duplicative and create turf wars.

The U.S. Air Force is now responsible for defending American satellites and spacecraft.

That's separate from a delay of at least five years in putting into operation the worldwide network of ground stations built by Raytheon Co. that's needed to operate the GPS III constellation at its full potential. Democratic Senator Brain Schatz of Hawaii immediately expressed his dissent on Twitter.

"This idea seems to have come from one person who is not a space of military expert". Alongside these logos are bits and pieces of other designs that likely served as "inspiration" for the logos presented for Space Force.

Ultimately, Congress must establish the new department, the vice president said.

A Pentagon report included interim steps toward the creation of such an organisation. "It is imperative that the United States adapts its policies, doctrine, and capabilities to protect our interests". The speech coincided with the completion of a Pentagon report that provides a greater sense of how the space force would be structured and fit in with the existing Defense bureaucracy. "But recently, our adversaries have been working to bring new weapons of war into space itself".

But retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly - a former Navy pilot, combat veteran, four-time space-flyer, and the identical twin brother of the former astronaut Scott Kelly - doesn't support the plan, and some members of Congress have also voiced their distaste for the idea.

The Space Command would prepare for conflicts in space and would be led by a four-star general.

"We've got to be able to compete, deter and win", Mattis said.

Donald Trump's administration faces all sorts of political and logistical difficulties if it is to realise the creation of a Space Force by 2020, but the US President's re-election team is already thinking about the merchandise.

  • Joey Payne