Space Force will be a reality very soon: Mike Pence

Space Force will be a reality very soon: Mike Pence

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

Later Tuesday, the National Space Council, convened by the White House and chaired by the vice president, met at the National Defense University.

This summer, Trump directed the Defense Department to begin the process of establishing a space-focused military service that would be a counterpart to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

"Everybody in this room feels strong about Space Force", he said, adding that "I'm talking about defense and offense", and not just rockets going to the Moon or Mars. 'That treaty...doesn't ban military activity, ' Pence said.

A lack of centralized leadership and accountability threatened USA ability to "advance our national security in space", Pence said. There is an increasing threat to these from countries such as Russian Federation and China, he said. In a conversation with the Washington Post during its "Transformers: Space" summit, Pence was asked if the United States was looking to renegotiate the terms of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which now bans 'weapons of mass destruction, ' but still allows for conventional weapons in orbit.

Vice President Mike Pence chose not rule out the possibility of nuclear weapons in space, telling The Washington Post on Tuesday that "peace comes through strength".

"So, the first order of business is ensuring that the infrastructure of our satellite technology is protected".

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He named U.S. adversaries as Russian Federation and China, and said potential space threats include anti-satellite weapons, airborne lasers, 'highly threatening on-orbit activities and evasive hypersonic missiles'.

The idea has taken on a life of its own at Trump's rallies.

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. And the president is determined to make sure that America leads in space, as well, from a military standpoint", he said. The White House has said it will release plans for the Space Force early next year.

Vice President Mike Pence said that the United States has flexibility on its military activities in outer space, and refused to rule out the idea that the USA would position nuclear weapons there in the future, saying it would "advance the principle that peace comes through strength".

"In the first phase (space forces) will not look like other, already existing types of Armed Forces".

'The time has come to stop studying the problem and start fixing it, ' he said.

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