Vice President Pence sets eyes on 2020 for 'Space Force'

4 months 3 days 6 hours ago Thursday, August 09 2018 Aug 9, 2018 Thursday, August 09, 2018 11:05:00 AM CDT August 09, 2018 in News
By: The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has announced plans for a new, separate U.S. Space Force as sixth military service by 2020

Pence says it's needed to ensure America's dominance in space amid heightened completion and threats from China and Russia. He says that while space was once peaceful and uncontested, it is now crowded and adversarial.

President Donald Trump has called for a "separate but equal" space force. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has endorsed plans to reorganize the military's space warfighting forces and create a new command, but has previously opposed launching an expensive separate new service.

Any proposal to create a new service would require congressional action.

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