Mike Pence calls for creation of Space Force by 2020

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President Donald Trump issued a directive in June to begin preparations for creating the Space Force as a separate branch of the U.S. military, along with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.

"We have not done cost estimation yet", Shanahan told reporters at the Pentagon, adding that he expects he won't have a more concrete number until November.

He then revealed that the Department of Defense would release a report later in the day outlining the steps needed to create this new military branch.

Vice President Mike Pence announced Thursday that the Pentagon has begun planning to create a Space Force, embarking on an effort to create the first new armed service since 1947. "This is a critical step toward's establishing the Space Force as the sixth branch of our armed forces".

Pence and the report noted that Congressional action would be required to establish a new military branch, but said the Trump administration would work with Congress to establish the force and would seek funding for it in its next defense budget request. "In the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength in the years ahead".

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In March this year, Mr Trump's National Space Strategy was said to recognise United States "competitors and adversaries have turned space into a warfighting domain". With the end of shuttle missions in 2011, America pays Russian Federation to launch U.S. astronauts into space.

Several lawmakers have already hit back at the move as being costly and unnecessary.

"There will be no Millennium Falcon, no Jedis or Wookiees we are sad to report", the Fox News host said.

According to Pence, this militarized Space Force would be part of the Defense Department, and they meant to create it by 2020.

"We must have American dominance in space, and so we will", Pence said in his speech at the Pentagon. Rather, she says, the billions of dollars could be better spent in so many other areas.

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Afterwards, in an apparent sign of approval, Mr Trump tweeted: "Space Force all the way!".

"Recently our adversaries have been working to bring new weapons of war into space itself", Pence said.

"Other nations are seeking to disrupt our space-based systems and challenge American supremacy in space as never before", the vice president said.

Currently, China and Russian Federation are America's primary rivals in space. He also says that the current system, with the Air Force in charge of military space operations, is not ideal.

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". So, before we can "have the Space Force", as Trump put it, the White House will have to convince lawmakers that the USA really needs it.

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