Pence Won't Rule Out Nukes in Space

WASHINGTON Oct. 22 2018- U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before departing from the White House in Washington D.C. the United States on Oct. 22 2018. Donald Trump said on Monday that his country will begin cutting off or reducing

The White House has said it will release plans for the Space Force early next year.

But congressional support of the Space Force proposal is not certain, and Pentagon officials have said standing up a new military service could cost billions of dollars.

"The goal of the space force will be to secure our vital national interests in space", Pence said at an event hosted by The Washington Post.

The vice president said countries like China and Russian Federation have launched attacks against USA satellites from Earth and are aiming to do so in space.

"What we need to do is make sure that we provide for the common defense of the people of the United States of America, and that's the president's determination here", Pence said, when asked if nuclear weapons should be banned from outer space. "It was (yet) talking about consolidation (resources), and in the future Congress and presidential administration will be able to expand and develop space forces", said Pence.

The space force proposal has been criticized for stepping up the militarization of space, despite global treaties supposedly designating space as a peaceful domain.

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"It will not, in the first instance, look like other branches of the service that were stood up".

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

The blueprint outlined by the council Tuesday also calls for review of each military branch's space-related responsibilities, development of a Defense Department organization to oversee space operations, and collaboration with Congress and USA intelligence agencies.

The USSF will include a new space combatant command to establish a chain of command for the new branch once the next budget and NDAA have been passed by Congress.

Pence asserted that the U.S. was going to protect its interests in space and said that to understand American defence today, is to understand the interrelationship between satellite technology and aircraft, ships at sea and submarines under the sea. The US President promised to return the United States to the moon and to reach Mars.

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