White House to press forward with Trump's Space Command


On Tuesday, Pence described the proposed Space Force as the "next and natural evolution of our armed forces", arguing that US adversaries such as China and Russian Federation are developing new technologies, such as hypersonic missiles, that make space a place where wars can be fought.

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".

The vice president said countries like China and Russian Federation have launched attacks against USA satellites from Earth and are aiming to do so in space.

Pence's remarks on Tuesday came during a "Transformers: Space" policy summit hosted by the Post at its Washington headquarters, where he provided an outline of the Trump administration's plans for space in the coming year.

Mr Pence said the president will soon ask Congress to gather military and civilians working on space security into a unified command, similar to the military's special forces. The Vice President reported that now to ensure space security, the United States employs about 60 thousand people.

Vice-President Mike Pence, who heads the national space Council, said that the space forces, the creation of which was announced in August 2018 presidential administration, there will be formed no later than in 2020.

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"Space - exactly the same potential battlefield, like the land, sky and sea, and America will dominate there just as now we dominate here on Earth", - said Vice-President of the United States.

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

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

A lack of centralized leadership and accountability threatened US ability to "advance our national security in space", Pence said.

But congressional support of the Space Force proposal is not certain, and Pentagon officials have said standing up a new military service could cost billions of dollars. It also calls for $10 million per year for five years starting in 2020 to fund the commerce arm.