Pence outlines plan for new Space Force by 2020

Vice President Mike Pence outlined plans for the creation of a military branch called the United States Department of the Space Force Thursday.

During remarks at the Pentagon Thursday, Pence called space a “war fighting domain” and said the goal is to have the space force up and running by 2020.

Pence reiterated President Trump’s calls for American dominance in space in the face of threats to satellites from foreign adversaries, such as China and Russia.

The space force would initially draw experts from existing space and military programs to become the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Any new funding and creation of the space force will have to be approved by Congress.