On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence laid out the preliminary plans for President Trump’s new “space force” at the Pentagon.
In June, President Trump directed the Defense Department to create a sixth branch of the US military in space. The proposed sixth branch of the U.S. military will "confront the emerging threats in the boundless expanse of space" according to Pence.
"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," said 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 continued.
"What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial," said Pence. "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."
“Just as we’ve done in ages past, the United States will meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield,” he said. “The time has come to establish the United States Space Force.”
This would be the first time a new branch of the military was created since the Air Force was created in 1947 after World War II.
Pence pointed out that historical adversaries to the United States, such as Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran, have all made advancements in regards to space and a Space Force would ensure the safety of US assets in orbit.
In 2007, China destroyed a weather satellite with a missile, creating a dangerous debris cloud and proving their capabilities in space.
So far, the US Air Force has handled American military presence in space and would lose those responsibilities with the creation of the Space Force.
Pence says that the administration hopes to have the Space Force established by 2020 but it still would need congressional approval to be created.
Soon after Pence delivered his speech, President Trump endorsed the the new branch, tweeting “Space Force all the way!”
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