US to establish Space Force by 2020
Since day one of our administration, @POTUS has kept his promise to restore America’s proud legacy of leadership in space. Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our Armed Forces. The time has come to establish the United States #SpaceForce. pic.twitter.com/lve82gr09R— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) August 10, 2018
In concurrence with Pence's speech, the Pentagon laid out its plans to form the new branch of the US military in a 15-page report, identifying immediate steps of action. This includes establishing a Space Development Agency, which is "a joint organisation charged with rapidly developing and fielding next-generation capabilities."
The report also called for the creation of a Space Operations Force, which it said will be comprised of career space experts who are "trained, promoted and retained as space war fighting professionals."
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Although not clearly outlined in the report, Pence announced that the Pentagon will create a new Assistant Secretary of Defense of Space, the top civilian position to oversee the creation of the new branch who will report to the Pentagon chief.
Pence said funding for the new military branch will be requested in the fiscal year 2020 defense budget. He called on Congress to approve an "additional eight billion dollars in space security systems."
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