Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday laid out details for President Donald Trump’s proposed new branch of the U.S. military — responsible for protecting national security in outer space.
In a speech at the Pentagon, Pence said the new Space Force would be established by 2020.
“As President Trump has said, in his words, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space — we must have American dominance in space. And so we will,” Pence said. “Space is, in his words, a war-fighting domain just like land and air and sea.”
He added, “History proves that peace only comes through strength, and in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength in the years ahead.”
If it happens, the Space Force would become the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, equal to the other five, Pence said.
The Department of Defense released a 15-page report Thursday laying out the phases of creating the new branch, which will ultimately need to be approved by Congress.