Mike Pence says Space Force will be established by 2020

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Pence's Pentagon trip coincides with the release of a Department of Defense report to Congress on recommendations for the Space Force.

Should it be approved, the Space Force would mark the first time a branch has been added to the military since 1947, when the Air Force was created following World War II.

He added that in 2014, China and Russian Federation had jointly proposed a draft Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, the Threat or Use of Force Against Outer Space Objects, but the U.S. dismissed it as "fundamentally flawed".

"The space force is the next and natural evolution of American military strength", the Veep said. It will pull people from across other areas of the military to "provide space expertise in times of crisis".

In a letter to Congress a year ago, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis opposed the creation of a new military branch and cautioned against creating "organizational layers at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting functions".

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The Pentagon report, however, included a plan to create a unified combatant command, known as the US Space Command, by the end of 2018, according to a copy reviewed by Reuters.

President Donald Trump's proposal to create the US Space Force will take years to implement at best, but that's not stopping his re-election campaign from fundraising with branded merchandise.

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has endorsed steps to reorganize the military's space warfighting forces and create a new command, but has previously opposed launching a pricey, new service.

The logos are styled like the mission patches created for space launches.

He Qisong, a space security expert in Shanghai, said China should try to ease U.S. anxiety by making diplomatic efforts to prevent the militarisation of space and opening its Tiangong-2 space station to the worldwide community.

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While these events may not represent a coherent plan by an adversary to militarize space, Pence argued that they represent a situation where USA adversaries like China and Russian Federation have already made space what he termed a warfighting domain.

On Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis called Pence "the point man" on issues pertaining to the U.S. military and space.

Boldly going where no man has gone before, the Trump administration has outlined its proposal for how the proposed new Space Force branch of the military will get underway. We have the Air Force, we'll have the Space Force.

The Defense Department is already active in space, of course, with the Air Force in charge.

Vice President Mike Pence made Donald Trump's Space Force official on Thursday, and late-night comedians Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel joined a number of Hollywood stars in ridiculing the whole thing to infinity and beyond.

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The results ranged from a straightforward logo with a little green alien front and center; a minimalistic black-on-white logo that represents a "black hole of sorts"; and a silhouette of Trump with the word "space" where his brain would be. And the Space Development Agency would be tasked with developing new technologies for space security.

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