Pence lays out plans for Trump's Space Force program at Pentagon

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The debate is over.

Mr. Trump officially directed the Defense Department to establish this sixth branch of the US military in space in June, saying the space force would ensure American dominance in the final frontier.

"President Trump wants a SPACE FORCE - a groundbreaking endeavor for the future of America and the final frontier", read an email from the Trump campaign.

"America will always seek peace, in space as on earth", Pence said.

In his speech, Pence highlighted aggressive maneuvers in space by countries such as Russian Federation and China.

"Creating a separate service will just add to dysfunction at the Defense Department", he said.

In a speech at the Pentagon, Pence the new Space Force would be established by 2020.

Pence argued that the United States did not start this arms race.

"What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial, today other nations are seeking to disrupt our space based systems and challenge American supremacy in space", Pence said.


Pence, at Thursday's meeting, stressed that the new branch would be built, in part, from pre-existing elements.

However, before it gets off the ground - Space Force still needs Congress to pass new legislation.

Asked about the cost, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters the Pentagon doesn't have a number yet but will when the legislative proposal is finished by the end of the year.

Paul Scharre, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, called a Space Force "a dumb idea", in an commentary on Defense One, which first reported some of the details of the plan. "However, going forward there probably will need to be an increase in resources to buy improved capabilities and more warfighters as the Space Force matures". But there's still a lot unspecified regarding whether non-defense space activities, such as those pursued by the NSA, will be affected by the changes.

"Space Force all the way!" "Under President Trump's leadership we will meet it head on".

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Mattis said he was in support of the creation of a separate combatant command for space, adding that his department was in "complete alignment with the president's concerns about protecting our assets in space". It wasn't immediately clear whether the new force would be a component of the Air Force, as the Marine Corps is to the Navy. The second phase requires Congress to combine these components into the sixth branch of the armed forces.

Trump's Space Force has stirred plenty of controversy and debate since the President first publicly entertained the idea during a speech in March 2018, when he told USA service members that his "new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea".

"Creating a new branch of the military is not a simple process", Pence noted. They include the new command and creating a civilian position as an assistant Secretary of Defense for Space to oversee the transition.

"We in the House have been warning for years about the threats to our space assets and the unacceptably slow pace to develop more capable space systems", he tweeted.

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