Vice President Mike Pence announced the Pentagon’s detailed plan for President Donald Trump’s vision of a Space Force on Thursday, which would establish the first military branch in over 70 years.
Trump first floated the Space Force idea as a part of his national security strategy March 13. On Thursday, he expressed his enthusiasm for the plan in a tweet shortly after Pence made the announcement, saying: “Space Force all the way!
The president described in March how he had originally coined the term as a joke, while discussing U.S. government spending and private investment in space. Trump then directed the Pentagon in June to immediately begin the creation of the new branch.
Pence on Thursday stressed that the new branch would be built, in part, from pre-existing elements.
“The Space Force will not be built from scratch,” Pence said during a speech before members of the Pentagon. “This is a critical step toward’s establishing the Space Force as the sixth branch of our armed forces.”
In a statement, the White House said “President Trump knows that space is integral to our American way of life and economic prosperity, and is a vital domain for national defense.
- With Space Force as a sixth branch of the United States military, America’s interests in space will receive the focus and investment that the domain deserves.
- As the world’s space development leader, the United States relies on space for everything from popular commercial systems to critical military and intelligence systems.
- Space is also invaluable to American private industry, which is developing revolutionary technologies that will utilize space for exploration, resource extraction, and tourism.
- Unfortunately, potential adversaries recognize the importance of space to our country and are actively developing ways to deny our use of it in a crisis.
- The Director of National Intelligence has warned that multiple countries, including Russia and China, are developing both destructive and nondestructive antisatellite weapons that could come online within a few years.
- The United States national security community recognizes the necessity of developing new technologies for space to defend against an increasing array of threats.