"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.
"What we need to do is make sure that we provide for the common defense of the people of the United States of America and that's the president's determination here", Pence said in an interview with the Washington Post. With the Trump Administration's rush to militarize space, however, that may be a temporary deal.
According to Pence, about 60,000 people are now working on space security in the United States, across various branches of the military and intelligence services.
A lack of centralized leadership and accountability threatened US ability to 'advance our national security in space, ' Pence said.
A lack of centralized leadership and accountability threatened US ability to "advance our national security in space", Pence said.
Pence added that the national space Council has already conveyed to the President appropriate recommendations.
"It will not, in the first instance, look like other branches of the service that were stood up". "The time has come to stop studying the problem and start fixing it".
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.
But congressional support of the Space Force proposal is not certain, and Pentagon officials have said standing up a new military service could cost billions of dollars. The notion of creating a space force on par with the U.S. Army or Air Force has sparked controversy among lawmakers, many of whom oppose the expense or want military space operations to remain part of the Air Force. It also calls for $10 million per year for five years starting in 2020 to fund the commerce arm.