Vice President Mike Pence laid out preliminary plans for President Trump's proposed new "space force" during remarks at the Pentagon on Thursday.
Mr. Trump officially directed the Defense Department to establish this sixth branch of the U.S. military in space in June, saying the space force would ensure American dominance in the final frontier.
"To be clear, the Space Force will not be built from scratch, because the men and women who run and protect our nation's space programs today are already the best in the world," he said.
Pence announced that the Defense Department will be releasing a report outlining the first stages to "implement the president's guidance and turn his vision into a reality." He talked about four actions the Defense Department would take on this front, including these new elements:
While Pence says the the administration aims to have the sixth branch formulated by 2020, the establishment of a new military branch to oversee war fighting in space would require congressional approval. Mr. Trump, however fully endorsed Pence's speech, tweeting a resounding "Space Force all the way!" after the vice president's remarks.
Space Force all the way!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2018
Space Force all the way!
The proposed sixth branch of the U.S. military will "confront the emerging threats in the boundless expanse of space" according to Pence.
"The U.S. Space Force will strengthen security, ensure our prosperity and it will also carry American ideals into the boundless expanse of space," Pence said on Thursday. Pence said that the new military branch will be needed in order to protect American national security as the "space environment has fundamentally changed in the last generation."
"What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial," said Pence. He added, "America will always seek peace, in space as on the Earth. But history proves that peace only comes through strength. And in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength."
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