Pence Won't Rule Out Nukes in Space


But Pence claimed that Russian Federation and China already have military operations in space and said potential threats in space include anti-satellite weapons, airborne lasers, "highly threatening in-orbit activities and evasive hypersonic missiles". Pence said, President Donald Trump believes that space is a war fighting domain just like "the land, air and sea".

"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.

"Today, space is fundamentally different than it was a generation ago", Pence said during Tuesday's meeting at the National Defense University in Washington.

Trump will ask Congress to gather military and civilians working on space security into a unified command, similar to the military's special forces, he said.

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The National Space Council, a White House advisory panel, will also recommend a review of existing treaty issues, and will unveil proposed legislation for Congress to create and fund a separate space agency to oversee commercial activities, the officials said.

"The time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of the armed forces of the United States, to turn the page to an evolution of our armed forces, to meet the challenges and opportunities on that limitless frontier", Pence said. The Vice President reported that now to ensure space security, the United States employs about 60 thousand people.

A lack of centralized leadership and accountability threatened US ability to "advance our national security in space", Pence said. Such a change, which the Defense Department has estimated would cost $13 billon in the first five years, must first be approved by Congress. The notion of creating a space force on par with the U.S. Army or Air Force has sparked controversy among lawmakers, many of whom oppose the expense or want military space operations to remain part of the Air Force.

The administration of U.S. President next year will be to work together with Congress for the establishment of an independent space force.