Satellite defense will be a priority for the new space force. Image Credit: US Air Force
Trump's plan to establish American dominance in space could be set in motion sooner rather than later.
Back in June, the US President announced the formation of a new branch of the US military - a 'space force' that will help to prevent countries such as China and Russia taking the lead off-world.
Now Vice President Mike Pence has revealed more details about the proposed new military service.
"Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America's best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation," he said.
"The time has come to establish the United States Space Force."
While it is unclear exactly what form the new force will take or what it will be doing, it is likely that the defense of US satellites against foreign attack will be high on the agenda.
The development of advanced new spacefaring technologies will probably also be on the cards.
According to Pence, the US administration will be working with congress on the plan and a budget will be outlined next year. At present, it is hoped that the new force will be fully operational by 2020.
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