UPDATED 9:50 AM PT — Thurs. August 9, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence is rallying support for the Trump administration’s push to develop a the Space Force.
While speaking at the Pentagon Thursday, Pence argued it is the next and natural evolution of American military strength.
The next generation of Americans to confront the emerging threats in the boundless expanse of space will be wearing the uniform of the United States of America. pic.twitter.com/CPNM3w48Y0
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) August 9, 2018
He also addressed key points in the Defense Department’s upcoming report on on the matter, such as forming an elite group of fighters specialized to operate in the domain as well as a space command operation.
Pence noted the administration is already working with Congress and the president will be requesting resources for the Space Force in February’s budget.
The vice president asserted the administration is seeking to add the new military branch by 2020.
Space Force all the way!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2018