Trump's 'Space Force' to be built in stages by 2020

Trump's 'Space Force' to be built in stages by 2020

Trump's 'Space Force' to be built in stages by 2020

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.

Vice President Mike Pence Tuesday made a push for the Trump administration's proposal to set up a Space Force as the nation's sixth military service, promoting the idea at a meeting of the National Space Council after discussing it with Washington Post reporter Robert Costa during an event sponsored by that newspaper.

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

According to him, trump will soon ask the Congress to unite in one team of military and civilian experts in charge of security in space.

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".

A lack of centralized leadership and accountability threatened US ability to 'advance our national security in space, ' Pence said. "Let's begin by bringing everyone under a unified command", he said, adding that he'd also like to see a Space Development Agency tasked with new technologies. "And there are a number of steps that will be launched in the very short term but that will ultimately lead to the launch of a Department of the United States Space Force in the next national Defense Authorization Act", Pence said.

"In the first phase (space forces) will look like the other, already existing types of Armed Forces". Such a change, which the Defense Department has estimated would cost $13 billon in the first five years, must first be approved by Congress. 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. Pence also said the administration would work with Congress, starting next year, to vote on a law creating an independent Space Force by 2020.

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