Transcript for Plans outlined for Space Force
He even castration is laying the ground work for the space force which the president hopes to transform into his sixth branch of the military. They now thinking from vice president pence who called it an effort to defeat a new generation of threats ABC's Jordan Phelps has the details. It might sound like making a Barroom from Star Wars. But an American space force has become one of president trounced top priorities. Vice president. In my hands at the clinic on on Thursday announcing the first steps. To create the space force as a new frame to the military fight when he when he. For many years nations from Russia and China to North Korea and Iran have pursued weapons to jam blind and disable our navigation and communication satellites. The electronic attacks from the ground. But recently. Our adversaries have been working to bring new weapons of war. Into space itself the time has come to establish the united states space force. The White House plan immediately appoint a new assistant secretary of defense for space creates new military office to oversee space missions. And sets up a new agency in charge of satellite development. But for the space forced to truly take off it will require an act of congress. And many Democrats and Republicans. Have been skeptical of the proposal. Even secretary of defense James Mattis has voiced concerns. Last year rejecting a plan to create a space core within an air force telling congress at the time the Pentagon did it need. Additional organizational and administrative tale nobody on Capitol Hill watch the space forced either. Why because we don't need one yet. For president trump the idea of creating a space force has become a popular rallying cry. The trump campaign even taking the extraordinary step of pulling supporters on a new space force logo and selling merchandise to raise campaign cash. So how much would a space force cost the White House won't send a formal request to congress in town next year. But in the meantime the Pentagon is asking for an additional eight billion for space security suspense.
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