Pence Says U.S. Aims To Create New Space Force By 2020

Pat Wise
October 26, 2018

There is a "good chance" that the United States will formally launch its space force next year, President Donald Trump has said.

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. "It is the cost of inaction that we can't afford". The administration believes, he said, the establishment of the Space Force is "central to the solution that America needs".

Pence said the president will soon ask Congress to gather military and civilians working on space security into a unified command, similar to the military's special forces.

The new positioning comes as the Trump administration moves to potentially exit a major nuclear weapons pact with Russian Federation and possibly bolster US military operations in the heavens by forming a "Space Force".

"This is what our competitors are already doing", Pence said. "At this time we don't see any need to amend the treaty, but as time goes forward, the hope that we could continue to see outer space as a domain where peace will reign will require military presence'".

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The National Space Council, a White House advisory panel, recommended a review of existing legal issues for military space operations and unveiled proposed legislation for Congress to create and fund a separate space agency to oversee commercial activities.

Vice-President Mike Pence, who heads the national space Council, said that the space forces, the creation of which was announced in August 2018 presidential administration, there will be formed no later than in 2020.

The USSF will include a new space combatant command to establish a chain of command for the new branch once the next budget and NDAA have been passed by Congress.

In in 2015, China essentially stood up its own space force, he said. The US President promised to return the United States to the moon and to reach Mars.

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