We're establishing a separate branch of military called Space Force?
Key among these is the creation of US Space Command, a new organizational body that would draw in members of existing military branches.
A report outlining the results of the study will be released later today.
He said that the report "identifies concrete steps that our administration will take to lay the foundation for a new Department of the Space Force".
"There is a threat out there but it's being handled by the U.S. Air Force today".
"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force", Pence said.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence waves to guests after speaking during the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity Summit in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 31, 2018.
However Mattis has since echoed support for Trump's position, saying Tuesday that he was "in complete alignment with the president's concern about protecting our assets in space that contribute to our security, to our economy".
"Our adversaries have transformed space into a war fighting domain already and the United States will not shrink from this challenge", Pence said. In 2007, China fired a missile to destroy an aged weather satellite, demonstrating in a dramatic fashion its ability to deploy anti-satellite weapons.
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The force would be created by 2020, Pence said. "In fact, China claimed to have made its first successful test of a hypersonic vehicle just last week". "But history proves that peace only comes through strength", he added.
Trump marked Pence's announcement with a tweet: "Space Force all the way!".
"This is a process we're in", Mattis noted. The Colorado Republican issued a statement on Thursday emphasizing the importance of space to the USA military.
Former Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James says it is a bad idea.
"President Trump wants a SPACE FORCE- a ground breaking endeavor for the future of America and the final frontier", the email, signed by Trump's 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale, said.
"Third, the report calls for a new joint organization - the Space Development Agency - that will ensure the men and women of the Space Force have the cutting-edge warfighting capabilities that they need and deserve", he said. In June, Trump called for the new branch to be created, despite resistance from the Air Force, which now oversees military space programs.
But, it faces one big obstacle - the Space Force would need approval from Congress before it could become a new military branch. "It will require collaboration, diligence and, above all, leadership".
Ultimately, Congress must establish the new department, the vice president said.