Space Force will be a reality very soon: Mike Pence

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The blueprint outlined by the council Tuesday also calls for review of each military branch's space-related responsibilities, development of a Defense Department organization to oversee space operations, and collaboration with Congress and USA intelligence agencies.

The new positioning comes as the Trump administration moves to potentially exit a major nuclear weapons pact with Russian Federation and possibly bolster USA military operations in the heavens by forming a "Space Force".

Vice President Pence declared space is a "war fighting domain" on Tuesday while promoting new policy proposals for the Trump administration's Space Force.

At Tuesday's meeting, the council also provided updates on past initiatives.

The space force will be designed "to ensure that our war fighters have the freedom and flexibility they need to deter and defeat any threat to our security in the rapidly evolving battlefield of space", he said.

A lack of centralized leadership and accountability threatened USA ability to "advance our national security in space", Pence said.

The proposed bill would create the Bureau of Space Commerce under the US Department of Commerce to liaise with industry representatives and organizations, according to a copy provided to Reuters.

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The head of the U.S. Air Force said last month that creating a space force would cost about $13 billion for a force of 13,000 people in the first five years.

The White House does not foresee the creation of an independent space force before 2020, Vice President Mike Pence told a space conference in Washington on October 23.

However, the joint Space command will be formed on the model of the already existing special operations Command, said Pence.

One piece of the plan includes establishing a new space combatant command to establish a chain of command for the new branch once the next budget and NDAA have been passed by Congress.

Pence noted that he hopes to secure congressional approval to create the Space Force before 2020.

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