WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trump administration wants to a U.S. Space Force established by 2020, Vice President Mike Pence announced during a speech at the Pentagon on Thursday.
The Department of Defense also issued a report describing the following five actions that can be taken immediately to begin building the Space Force:
Accelerate space technology and development initiatives, which were modernization priorities laid out in President Trump’s National Defense Strategy;
Establish a Space Development Agency charged with developing and fielding new next-generation capabilities for national security space development;
Establish a Space Operations Force of professionals who will form a new community of experts working to lead America’s national security space efforts into the future;
Establish an operating structure and accountable civilian oversight for Space Force; and
Create a United States Space Command, a unified combatant command, to improve, evolve, and plan space warfighting.
“The space environment has fundamentally changed in the last generation. What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial,” Pence said.
“Today, other nations are seeking to disrupt our space-based systems and challenge American supremacy in space as never before.”