US Vice-President Mike Pence speaks about a proposal to create a new branch of the military, the Space Force, at the Pentagon on August 9. Photo: AFP US Vice-President Mike Pence speaks about a proposal to create a new branch of the military, the Space Force, at the Pentagon on August 9. Photo: AFP
US Vice-President Mike Pence speaks about a proposal to create a new branch of the military, the Space Force, at the Pentagon on August 9. Photo: AFP
Ankit Panda
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Ankit Panda

Donald Trump’s plan for new Space Force is wrong response to US concerns about China and Russia

US war planners would have the most to lose from the proliferation of counterspace weapons in arsenals controlled by Beijing and Moscow

US Vice-President Mike Pence speaks about a proposal to create a new branch of the military, the Space Force, at the Pentagon on August 9. Photo: AFP US Vice-President Mike Pence speaks about a proposal to create a new branch of the military, the Space Force, at the Pentagon on August 9. Photo: AFP
US Vice-President Mike Pence speaks about a proposal to create a new branch of the military, the Space Force, at the Pentagon on August 9. Photo: AFP
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Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, a Senior Editor at The Diplomat, an online magazine on Asia-Pacific affairs, and a Contributing Editor at War on the Rocks. Panda is an award-winning writer and a frequently cited analyst on geopolitical and security issues in the Asia-Pacific. His writing has appeared in The Diplomat, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Politico Magazine, and War on the Rocks, among other publications.