Space Force will be a reality very soon: Mike Pence

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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. "And the reality is, the more we look at our competitors in space - chiefly among them are China and Russian Federation - we see the deployment of technologies by both of those countries - anti-satellite technologies", Pence said.

Pence said the Trump administration was already working closely with congressional leaders on "both sides of the Capitol building" to include funding for the Space Force in next year's defense budget. 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.

A new United States "Space Force" will soon take shape but will, at least initially, be a step below the proposed sixth branch of the military envisioned by President Donald Trump, his vice-president said on Tuesday (Oct 23).

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

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.

The space force will be designed "to ensure that our war fighters have the freedom and flexibility they need to deter and defeat any threat to our security in the rapidly evolving battlefield of space", he said.

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'It will be a consolidation, we believe, and from there future Congresses and future administrations can grow and expand and nurture. the Space Force as they see fit'.

The head of the US Air Force said in September that creating a Space Force would cost about US$13 billion (S$18 billion) for a force of 13,000 people in the first five years.

"This is what our competitors are already doing", Pence said.

Pence further insisted that space is a "warfighting domain" for the United States, and that for the time being, the Outer Space Treaty does not strictly get in the way of America's militarization efforts.

The administration of U.S. President next year will be to work together with Congress for the establishment of an independent space force.

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