Mike Pence expected to announce plans for ‘Space Force’ in U.S

Pence lays out plans for Trump's Space Force program at Pentagon -- live stream

Vice President Pence announces the Trump Administration's plan to create the U.S. Space Force by 2020 during a speech at the Pentagon on Thursday.

"This new command ... will establish unified command and control for our Space Force operations, ensure integration across the military, and develop the space warfighting doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures of the future", he said.

Actions by US adversaries make it clear that space is already a warfighting domain, the vice president said.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis - who had earlier opposed the idea - had issued a preliminary report calling for the creation of an assistant secretary of defense for space, establishment of a special operations force that would be trained for space combat and formation of the Space Development Agency that would focus on innovation and new technologies. The Department of Defense has prepared a report laying out the phases of creating the new branch, which will ultimately have to be reviewed and approved by Congress.

The Department of Defense provided a report to Congress calling for the creation of US Space Command, and officials told CNN that the command would likely include existing military resources and personnel, like the US Air Force's Space Command.

But, earlier this week, Mr Mattis said he is in "complete alignment" with Mr Trump's concerns about United States space assets.

Pence argued that the United States did not start this arms race. Many of these items will require changes to US law.

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The president has made it a priority to "restore America's proud history of leadership in space", Pence said. He added, "America will always seek peace, in space as on the Earth". For example, some folks have raised objections about creating another government entity to do work already under the Air Force's purview. Republican U.S. Representative Mike Rogers, a member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, said the move would bolster national security.

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"Peace only comes through strength", Pence said.

On Thursday, Mattis appeared alongside Pence at his speech to back the formation of the Space Force as a military branch.

Hawaii senator Brian Schatz branded the Space Force a "silly but unsafe idea" as he instead urged the expansion of the "Medicaid" health programme. In a letter to Congress previous year, Secretary James Mattis said he opposed the idea of a separate force, arguing that it would "likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations" and said that a "properly integrated approach is better for carrying out this mission".

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