January 20, 2019

U.S Space Force expected to launch by 2020, Pence announces

26 October 2018, 06:30 | Ross Houston

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He named U.S. adversaries as Russian Federation and China, and said potential space threats include anti-satellite weapons, airborne lasers, 'highly threatening on-orbit activities and evasive hypersonic missiles'.

"What we need to do is make sure that we provide for the common defense of the people of the United States of America and that's the president's determination here", Pence said in an interview with the Washington Post.

We will remind, earlier it was reported that trump has ordered the creation of space forces.

Creating a new branch of the military would be subject to Congress' approval, but the council, led by Vice President Mike Pence, is recommending that the nation build a Space Force and structures that would usher it into existence. The new troops will establish by no later than 2020, promised Pensions.

Pence said the Trump administration was already working closely with congressional leaders on "both sides of the Capitol building" to include funding for the Space Force in next year's defense budget.

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There is a "good chance" that the United States will formally launch its space force next year, President Donald Trump has said.

"Today, space is fundamentally different than it was a generation ago", Pence said during Tuesday's meeting at the National Defense University in Washington.

"In the first phase (space forces) will not look like other, already existing types of Armed Forces. 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. The notion of creating a space force on par with the U.S. Army or Air Force has sparked controversy among lawmakers, many of whom oppose the expense or want military space operations to remain part of the Air Force.

Congress must approve the proposed plans, which would also create the Bureau of Space Commerce under the U.S. Department of Commerce to liaise with industry representatives and organizations. It also calls for $10 million per year for five years starting in 2020 to fund the commerce arm.

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