March 20, 2019

Trump's 'Space Force' to be built in stages by 2020

26 October 2018, 07:36 | Dale Webster

National Space Council gives plan on Space Force

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And with that demand, Trump has injected urgency into the debate over the best way to protect USA interests in space, both military and commercial.

American space forces, the creation of which was announced by the administration of Donald trump in August, there will be formed no later than 2020.

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

"What we need to do is make sure that we provide for the common defense of the people of the United States of America, and that's the president's determination here", Pence said, when asked if nuclear weapons should be banned from outer space.

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday declined to rule out the idea of deploying nuclear weapons in space, saying the current ban on their use is "in the interest of every nation" but the issue should be decided on "the principle that peace comes through strength".

The National Space Council has also voted to send six strategic recommendations to the president's desk, laying out the administration's vision and a roadmap to establish the force.

Pence said all of this informs the fact that "we have to have the capacity to protect our existing infrastructure in space".

"That will be the project of the space force going forward".

Weapons of mass destruction, like nuclear weapons, are now banned from orbit through the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, signed by both Russian Federation and the United States during the Cold War.

"First, we'll create a new unified combatant command, the United States Space Command, that will establish a dedicated chain of command for Space Force operations, ensure integration across the military and develop the doctrine, tactics and procedures of space warfighting in the 21st century", Pence said. "Let's begin by bringing everyone under a unified command", he said, adding that he'd also like to see a Space Development Agency tasked with new technologies. "It will not in the first instance look like other branches of the service that were stood up". The US President promised to return the United States to the moon and to reach Mars.

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