Us Space Force Will Come Into Service Within Two Years To Secure America’s ‘extraterrestrial Dominance’, Vice President Reveals

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Us Space Force Will Come Into Service Within Two Years To Secure America’s ‘extraterrestrial Dominance’, Vice President Reveals

US Vice President Mike Pence has announced plans to create a new, separate Space Force as a sixth military service by 2020.

Mr Pence, 59, said Space Force was needed to ensure America’s dominance in space amid heightened competition and threats from China and Russia.

AP:Associated Press Mike Pence said Space Force would be created by 2020 during a speech at the Pentagon

He added 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.

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has endorsed plans to reorganise the military’s space warfighting forces and create a new command, but has previously opposed launching an expensive new service.

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

Getty Images – Getty US Defence Secretary James Mattis also spoke at the Pentagon

In June at a meeting of the National Space Council at the White House he said: “Our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity but a matter of national security.”

“It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space.

“I’m hereby directing the Department of Defence and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.”

At the time, Mr Trump said Space Force would be “separate but equal” to the Air Force.

 

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