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Vice President Pence Promotes Space Force

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Vice President Penceby Adam Rogers, Wired

If policymaking is never easy, and military policymaking is very difficult, it stands to reason that space military policymaking is basically impossible. Yet recently, in a speech at the Pentagon, Vice President Mike Pence announced the formation of a sixth branch of the US armed services: a SPACE FORCE!

But can that really happen? Well, let’s proceed with the go/no-go. SPACE FORCE!

President Donald Trump?

Space Force all the way!” So that’s a GO.

Vice President Mike Pence?

“The time has come to establish the United States Space Force,” Pence said in his speech, asking for $8 billion to build out the idea. So that’s a GO.

Congress?

 “We are glad that the Pentagon is finally taking these steps in enhancing our space strength,” said in a joint statement from Representatives Mike Rogers of Alabama and Jim Cooper of Tennessee, the ranking and minority leaders of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. They’re authors of a bill to create a Space Force as a sixth branch of the US military. So … GO.

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