Report: Details on Creating Space Force by 2020

Read how the Department of Defense plans to create the Space Force

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018 2:14 PM
Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 2:43 PM

The Department of Defense released a report Thursday on how to create the Space Force.  

The President's "National Security Strategy" and the "National Strategy for Space" highlight that the United States must maintain peace through strength in space. 

The group outlines four pillars for a unified approach to secure U.S. space leadership:

  1. Transform to more resilient space architectures
  2. Strenghten deterrence and warfighting options
  3. Improve foundational capabilities, structure and processes
  4. Foster conducive domestic and international environments for space development. 

Establishing a sixth branch of the Armed Forces still requires Congressional action. 

Read the full 15-page document.

Vice President Mike Pence announced the immediate steps the Department of Defense would take to reform how the military approaches space.  The plan details the establishment of a Space Force by 2020.

"The time has come to establish the Unites States Space Force," Pence during in a speech at the Pentagon Thursday, citing threats from China and Russia.  "Our Administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the Space Force by 2020."

In June, President Trump directed the Pentagon to begin the process  to establish Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces."

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