Vice President Mike Pence, flanked by top defense officials, before speaking at an event on creating the Space Force.
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Trump's Space Force may actually take offWith his demand that the Pentagon create a new military service a Space Force to assure "American dominance in space" U.S. President Donald Trump has injected urgency into a long-meandering debate over the best way to protect U.S. interests in space, both military and commercial. At the same time, his approach has left many struggling to understand the basics, such as what a Space Force would do and how much it might cost.The Pentagon is expected to have enough details filled out by early next year to include a Space Force plan in its 2020 budget request to Congress. Trump publicly raised the prospect of a Space Force in March.Trump told the Pentagon to immediately get started on building a Space Force.Although a Space Force would require its own civilian and military leadership and presumably its own uniforms and extra personnel, other steps to consolidate the space chain of command would be bureaucratic.Although Space Command went away, its functions did not.They were absorbed by U.S. Strategic Command, and the Air Force retained its lead role in space through Air Force Space Command.
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