Pence Details Plan for Development of Space Force

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Pence Details Plan for Development of Space Force

The proposed bill would create the Bureau of Space Commerce under the US Department of Commerce to liaise with industry representatives and organizations, according to a copy provided to Reuters.

With his demand that the Pentagon create a new military service - a Space Force to assure "American dominance in space" - President Donald Trump has injected urgency into a long-meandering debate over the best way to protect US interests in space, both military and commercial.

"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, when asked if nuclear weapons should be banned from outer space.

The National Space Council has also voted to send six strategic recommendations to the president's desk, laying out the administration's vision and a roadmap to establish the force. The US military is made up of five branches: the Army, Air Force (which now oversees space operations), the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. He explained that they are working to bring weapons above the atmosphere to target satellites and develop "highly threatening on-orbit activities".

"The goal of the space force will be to secure our vital national interests in space", Pence said at an event hosted by The Washington Post. The Vice President reported that now to ensure space security, the United States employs about 60 thousand people.

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"This is what our competitors are already doing", Pence said.

'It will be a consolidation, we believe, and from there future Congresses and future administrations can grow and expand and nurture. the Space Force as they see fit'.

He said: 'It will not in the first instance look like other branches of the service that were stood up.

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.

The US military is made up of five branches: the Army, Air Force (which now oversees space operations), the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard.

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