Pence Says U.S. Aims To Create New Space Force By 2020

AFP  File | US Vice President Mike Pence envisions a US

AFP File | US Vice President Mike Pence envisions a US"Space Force by 2020 but not initially as a separate branch of the military

And with that demand, Trump has injected urgency into the debate over the best way to protect USA interests in space, both military and commercial.

"Space - exactly the same potential battlefield, like the land, sky and sea, and America will dominate there just as now we dominate here on Earth", - said Vice-President of the United States. The new troops will establish by no later than 2020, promised Pensions.

Pence said the president will soon ask Congress to gather military and civilians working on space security into a unified command, similar to the military's special forces.

Pence said President Donald Trump will present a new budget to Congress in early 2019 that will carve out space in the National Defense Authorization Act to fund the new branch.Members of the council at the meeting also shared recommendations on how to establish the space force, including ideas for commerce, various launch and operational regulations and other concerns related to pushing forward American interests in space activity.

The White House does not foresee the creation of an independent space force before 2020, said US Vice-President Mike Pence, who heads the National Space Council, a government body that was revived past year after a decades-long hiatus.

A lack of centralized leadership and accountability threatened USA ability to 'advance our national security in space, ' Pence said.

"The time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of the armed forces of the United States, to turn the page to an evolution of our armed forces, to meet the challenges and opportunities on that limitless frontier", Pence said. The US President promised to return the United States to the moon and to reach Mars. "It was (yet) talking about consolidation (resources), and in the future Congress and presidential administration will be able to expand and develop space forces", said Pence.

But congressional support of the Space Force proposal is not certain, and Pentagon officials have said standing up a new military service could cost billions of dollars.

Previously, the notion of immediately creating a Space Force on a par with the US Army or Air Force sparked controversy among lawmakers, some of whom want space to remain under the guise of the Air Force.

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