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Space Force by USA

  • 24 Dec 2019
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Recently, the US President signed the National Defense Authorization Act, 2020 directing the establishment of the U.S. Space Force (USSF) as the sixth branch of the armed forces.

  • The establishment of USSF comes after the launch of a new Pentagon Command named Spacecom earlier in September, 2019.

Key Points

  • The USSF will be the sixth formal force of the U.S. military, after the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard and will be headquartered at the Pentagon.
  • It will comprise of about 16,000 air force and civilian personnel.
  • Objectives:
    • Maintaining and enhancing the competitive edge of the Department of Defense (DOD) in space.
    • Developing military space professionals, acquiring military space systems, maturing the military doctrine for space power and organizing space forces, etc.
    • Effectively organizing the defence for US interests in space, especially related to satellites used for navigation and communication.
  • Concerns: China and Russia have apprehensions regarding this development. It is being perceived as increasing weaponization of outer space and turning cosmos into a battlefield.

Source: TH

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