As the US continues to stave off competition and threats from both Russian Federation and China, the White House has decided it will create the US Space Force as a sixth, separate military service by 2020.
"What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial", he said.
But critics view its creation as an unnecessary and expensive bureaucratic endeavor, a vanity project that simply strips away work already being done effectively by services like the Air Force.
The 59-year-old US Vice President claimed a space force was required to ensure America's "dominance" in space, amid growing antagonism and threats from China and Russian Federation.
The Space Force will be a new department of the United States military which Trump has described as "separate but equal". This division will come under the ambit of the Space Force.
Pence said that President Trump will request $8 billion over the next five years to support military operations in space.
There is no independent military branch focused on space, but there is a sizable space command within the air force.
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According to the plan, the Space Force will comprise three units. We have the Air Force, we'll have the Space Force.Think of that. He worries that creating an all-new branch will just create more bureaucracy, Brumfiel reports.
He also said those countries "have been working to bring new weapons of war into space itself". "This new command ... will establish unified command and control for our Space Force operations, ensure integration across the military, and develop the space warfighting doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures of the future", he said.
The DOD report also details several priorities that emphasize operating with "unfettered access" in space, supplying joint support to combatant commands, quickly developing and scaling capabilities and consolidating existing authorities for DOD space activities to eliminate inefficiencies.
Sen. Bill Nelson is among the lawmakers opposed to the idea.
And, for what it's worth, Russian and China do each have a space force of their own, to some degree. We must have American sovereignty in space, "the Republican mogul said".
Other people such as Ricky Gervais suggested the move is intended as a distraction from the Mueller investigation, while Chelsea Handler called for Fox News host Laura Ingraham should be sent up to space as part of the program.