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Time has come to create US Space Force, sixth military branch: Pence

10 August 2018: Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday unveiled details of plans to build a US Space Force that would become the sixth branch of America s massive military, saying the time has come to prepare for the next battlefield.

President Donald Trump ordered the creation of Space Force in June, arguing the Pentagon needs it to tackle vulnerabilities in space and assert US dominance in orbit.

Its creation however is not a done deal, as it needs to be approved by Congress, and the concept has met with some skepticism from lawmakers and defense officials who are wary of the cost and added bureaucracy.

But Pence was unequivocal in presenting the administration s wish for it to become a reality -- preferably by 2020, the end of Trump s term in office.

The time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America s best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation, Pence told an audience at the Pentagon.

The time has come to establish the United States Space Force, he said, repeating Trump s call for Congress to invest an additional $8 billion in US space security systems over the next five years.

Shortly after Pence s speech, Trump tweeted: Space Force all the way!

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The creation of a US Space Force reflects the drastically changed reality of space s role in national security.

When president John F. Kennedy delivered a speech in 1962 explaining why America was sending men to the Moon, he famously said, There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet.

But 56 years later, space plays a vital role in just about every aspect of modern warfare, with many military technologies reliant on a network of sensors and satellites floating in orbit.

Pence said an independent Space Forc

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