Pence leaves open possible use of nuclear arms in space

Pence leaves open possible use of nuclear arms in space”

The White House says it is pushing ahead with plans to establish a new US space force, but the first steps will stop short of creating a sixth branch of the military as touted earlier this year by President Donald Trump. Pence announced in August that the administration hopes to establish Space Force as the sixth branch of the USA military as soon as 2020, the first since the Air Force was formed after World War II.

Pence said: 'Space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea, and America will be as dominant there as we are here on Earth'.

Pence said the 1967 treaty "does ban weapons of mass destruction in space, but it doesn't ban military activity".

The National Space Council and National Security Council will also be expected to review current space operational authorities and explore changes to create future guidance to give more flexibility to war fighters. "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", Mr Pence added. "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.

There is a "good chance" that the United States will formally launch its space force next year, President Donald Trump has said.

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

With the help of the Congress, the United States Space Force will be created as the sixth branch of the armed forces.

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

Congress must approve the proposed plans, which would also create the Bureau of Space Commerce under the U.S. Department of Commerce to liaise with industry representatives and organizations.

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 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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