Published: Fri, October 26, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Pence leaves open possible use of nuclear arms in space

Pence leaves open possible use of nuclear arms in space

We will remind, earlier it was reported that trump has ordered the creation of space forces.

Vice President Mike Pence delivered some key updates on the administration's plan to implement a "Space Force" as a branch of the United States military.

The head of the US Air Force said in September that creating a Space Force would cost about US$13 billion (S$18 billion) for a force of 13,000 people in the first five years.

Pence further said that the question of nuclear weapons is "the president's determination", and that while it's in the interest of every nation to keep nukes out of space for now, at some point this may prove to be an way to show more "strength". The vice president said steps are being taken to establish the United States Space Force as the sixth branch of the military that is "separate from and equal to the five other branches".

"And the reality is, the more we look at our competitors in space - chiefly among them are China and Russian Federation - we see the deployment of technologies by both of those countries - anti-satellite technologies", Pence said.

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'It will be a consolidation, we believe, and from there future Congresses and future administrations can grow and expand and nurture. the Space Force as they see fit'.

The space force proposal has been criticized for stepping up the militarization of space, despite worldwide treaties supposedly designating space as a peaceful domain.

Pence said all of this informs the fact that "we have to have the capacity to protect our existing infrastructure in space".

Pence said the Trump administration was already working closely with congressional leaders on "both sides of the Capitol building" to include funding for the Space Force in next year's defense budget.

Pence said: 'Space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea, and America will be as dominant there as we are here on Earth'. The US President promised to return the United States to the moon and to reach Mars.

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