Pence Won't Rule Out Nukes in Space

Gwen Vasquez
October 26, 2018

With his demand that the Pentagon create a new military service - a Space Force to assure "American dominance in space" - President Donald Trump has injected urgency into a long-meandering debate over the best way to protect US interests in space, both military and commercial.

Trump's vision, he said is that the United States builds a space force like the airforce was launched after World War II and then evolve it into ensuring that America remains as dominant in outer space militarily as it is here on Earth.

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 new budget in early 2019 will carve out funds for the USSF in the National Defense Authorization Act, said Pence.

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

Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday didn't immediately rule out positioning nuclear weapons in space sometime in the future. Pence announced in August that the administration hopes to establish Space Force as the sixth branch of the US military as soon as 2020, the first since the Air Force was formed after World War II.

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

'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'.

Space is a potential battlefield.

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

The US military is made up of five branches: the Army, Air Force (which now oversees space operations), the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. The Air Force has estimated that Space Force could cost $3 billion in its first year and would likely need $13 billion in its first five years.

Mr Pence also said the administration would work with Congress, starting next year, to vote on a law creating an independent Space Force by 2020.

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