Pence Won't Rule Out Nukes in Space

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Pointing to past studies that have called for reform of U.S. space capabilities, Pence said it is time to "stop studying the problem and start fixing it".

Pence said at an earlier Washington Post forum that China and Russian Federation have established similar space forces.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves to the news media before boarding Air Force One to depart for travel to Houston, TX, from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., October 22, 2018. The Vice President reported that now to ensure space security, the United States employs about 60 thousand people.

On Tuesday, Pence described the proposed Space Force as the "next and natural evolution of our armed forces", arguing that US adversaries such as China and Russian Federation are developing new technologies, such as hypersonic missiles, that make space a place where wars can be fought.

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Pence further said that the question of nuclear weapons is "the president's determination", and that while it's in the interest of every nation to keep nukes out of space for now, at some point this may prove to be an way to show more "strength". "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", Pence added.

He said: 'It will not in the first instance look like other branches of the service that were stood up.

The Pentagon is expected to have enough details by early next year to include a Space Force plan in its 2020 budget request. The new troops will establish by no later than 2020, promised Pensions. The head of the US Air Force said in September that creating a Space Force would cost about $13 billion for a force of 13,000 people in the first five years. And while the last administration too often failed to meet the growing security threats in space, President Trump has stated forcefully a truth that the leaders of the National Defence University have long understood, that 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.

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