White House presses on with Space Command

Speaking at the meeting Vice President Mike Pence said the White House will include funding for the Space Command in the budget proposal next year

White House to press forward with Trump's Space Command

According to Pence, about 60,000 people are now working on space security in the United States, across various branches of the military and intelligence services.

"We will forge a new era of peace through strength in outer space", Pence said.

"I think we have a good chance next year of officially doing our Space Force", Trump told reporters in a brief interaction during a meeting with military officials on Tuesday. 'That treaty...doesn't ban military activity, ' Pence said.

On Tuesday, Pence described the proposed Space Force as the "next and natural evolution of our armed forces", arguing that USA 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.

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

Space is a potential battlefield.

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White House advisers on Tuesday are set to recommend that US President Donald Trump's planned US Space Command develop ways for the military to operate in outer space, according to two administration officials briefed on the plans.

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

"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 in an interview with the Washington Post.

"Russia, in the very same year, assigned a part of its aerospace division to a space force", the vice president said. The Secretary of the Defense will then be expected to create a joint organization to detangle regulation and speed up space technology development.

"The time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of the armed forces of the United States, to turn the page to an evolution of our armed forces, to meet the challenges and opportunities on that limitless frontier", Pence said.

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

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