Vice Pres. Pence outlines plan for new Space Force by 2020

"Ultimately, Congress must act to establish this new department, which will organize, train and equip the United States Space Force", Pence said. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Thursday saw Vice President Mike Pence announce the Pentagon's detailed plan for President Donald Trump's vision of a Space Force, an organisation which would establish the first new military branch in over 70 years.

Given the stakes surrounding building a new branch of the military, the issue is likely to be a political football.

Vice President Mike Pence laid out preliminary plans for President Trump's proposed new "space force" during remarks at the Pentagon on Thursday.

U.S. Space Command will be responsible for directing the employment of the Space Force.

Despite no details, and no timetable, the Space Force will require congressional approval. He also says that the current system, with the Air Force in charge of military space operations, is not ideal.

Finally, the report calls for clear lines of responsibility and accountability to manage the process of establishing and growing the Space Force, including the appointment of an assistant secretary of defense for space, the vice president said.

However Mattis has since echoed support for Trump's position, saying Tuesday that he was "in complete alignment with the president's concern about protecting our assets in space that contribute to our security, to our economy".

The Pentagon report recommended that for now the unified command be in the hands of the Air Force, which currently oversees some of the most critical space-based capabilities.

The creation of a Space Force has met with opposition, inside and out of the Pentagon.

Trump's Space Force has stirred plenty of controversy and debate since the President first publicly entertained the idea during a speech in March 2018, when he told USA service members that his "new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea".

Trump first broached the idea in March, reviving a debate that began nearly 20 years ago about whether the Pentagon's space activities should be moved to a new command.

Pence's speech was timed to coincide with the release of the Pentagon's report to Congress on the recommended organization and management structure of space components for the Department of Defense. That's a big statement.

Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images Pence greets audience members after announcing the Trump Administration's plan to create the U.S. Space Force.

"We must have American dominance in space, and so we will", Pence said. In 2007, China destroyed one of its dead weather satellites with a missile.

"Both nations are also investing heavily in what is known as hypersonic missiles created to fly up to five miles per second at such low altitudes that they could potentially evade detection via our missile defence radars".

He also said Russian Federation and China were developing weapons, such as hypersonic missiles, to launch attacks from space here on Earth.

"What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial", he said. "But history proves that peace only comes through strength", he added.

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