Space force

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A space force is a military branch that conducts space warfare.

As of 2019, one country has an independent space force. The Chinese People's Liberation Army Strategic Support Force was established in 2016 to consolidate Chinese space and cyber operations. The Russian Space Forces was an independent organization that existed from 1992 to 1997 and again from 2001 to 2011. It was reestablished in 2015 as a branch of the Russian Aerospace Forces.[1]

In the United States, the U.S. Space Command was one of the Unified combatant commands (UCC) from 1985 until it was merged into the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) in 2002, with its responsibilities primarily taken over by the U.S. Air Force's Space Command, a subordinate command of STRATCOM.[2][3][4] It was announced in August 2018 that U.S. Space Command would be re-established as an UCC.

On June 18, 2018, the United States announced a proposal to create the United States Space Force as a new branch of the United States Armed Forces,[5] and on August 9, 2018, further announced a plan to have the new service established by 2020.[6]

Current space forces and military space commands[edit]

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  2. ^ "About Us". Air Force Ḃpace Command.
  3. ^ Moorehead, Richard D. (July–August 2004)."Will We Need a Space Force?" Military Review. p. 50–53.
  4. ^ Moncrief, William S. (Winter/Spring 2010). "Building a United States Space Force". Army Space Journal. p. 34–38. Archived from the original on February 15, 2013.
  5. ^ "Space Force and Air Force will be 'separate but equal' branches"". Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "Pence Unveils Plan For Congress To Create Space Force By 2020". Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  7. ^ RAF Air Command To Take On UK Military Space Ops Retrieved May 21, 2018
  8. ^ "Key Battle of Britain Fighter Command group to be reformed". Press Association. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  9. ^ Chapter 23: Joint Operations". Operational Law Handbook. U.S. Department of Defense. 2015.