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Trump Administration Wants Space Force by 2020

By VOA News August 09, 2018

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that the Pentagon was taking steps to create a space force by 2020 in order to "meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield."

"Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield. ... The time has come to establish the United States Space Force," Pence said in a speech at the Pentagon.

President Donald Trump repeatedly has called for the creation of a space force as a new military branch that he says is needed to ensure U.S. dominance in space.

The Pentagon submitted a report to Congress on Thursday detailing its space management changes.

The report details the creation of Space Operations Command, which will oversee space operations forces from different military branches until a space force is established. Congress is the only branch of government that has the authority to approve the creation of a new military division.

Trump shared his excitement after the announcement on Twitter:

In a letter to Congress last year, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis opposed the creation of a new military branch and cautioned against creating "organizational layers at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting functions."

On Thursday, though, Mattis endorsed the space management changes that would utilize members of existing military branches.

"We've got to be able to compete, deter and win," Mattis said.

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