Pence unveils Space Force to counter Russia, China

Pence unveils Space Force to counter Russia, China

US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday announced the first steps in the Trump administration's bid to establish a standalone military Space Force by 2020, including creating an elite group of space troops in the same vein as current special operations forces, Politico reported.

Pence, in an appearance at the Pentagon, cited threats posed by adversaries like Russia and China, which are both developing anti-satellite weapons, lasers and hypersonic missiles that could threaten American reliance on space systems.

“As their actions make clear, our adversaries have transformed space into a warfighting domain already and the United States will not shrink from this challenge," Pence said during a speech at the Pentagon. "America will always seek peace in space as on the earth, but 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."

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