U.S Space Force expected to launch by 2020, Pence announces

Cesar Mills
October 26, 2018

"And the reality is, the more we look at our competitors in space - chiefly among them are China and Russian Federation - we see the deployment of technologies by both of those countries - anti-satellite technologies", Pence said.

President Donald Trump has demanded that Pentagon create a new military service, a Space Force to assure "American dominance in space".

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday didn't immediately rule out positioning nuclear weapons in space sometime in the future.

"The National Space Council is making recommendations to the president to essentially begin with establishing a unified space command, much in the way that we established a Special Forces command", he said.

"I think we have a good chance next year of officially doing our Space Force", Trump told reporters in a brief interaction during a meeting with military officials on Tuesday.

The space force will be designed "to ensure that our war fighters have the freedom and flexibility they need to deter and defeat any threat to our security in the rapidly evolving battlefield of space", he said.

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The new force would be created to 'ensure that our warfighters have the freedom and flexibility they need to deter and defeat any threat to our security in the rapidly evolving battlefield of space, ' he said.

Earlier in the day, Vice President Mike Pence said the space force was essential to protect the US' assets, particularly satellites.

Congress must approve the proposed plans, which would also create the Bureau of Space Commerce under the U.S. Department of Commerce to liaise with industry representatives and organizations.

Pence further insisted that space is a "warfighting domain" for the United States, and that for the time being, the Outer Space Treaty does not strictly get in the way of America's militarization efforts.

Critics, including some Democratic lawmakers, have said its creation is an unnecessary and expensive bureaucratic endeavor that would simply shift work already being done well by other services like the Air Force. It also calls for $10 million a year for five years starting in 2020 to fund the commerce arm.

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