US Vice President Mike Pence
US Vice President Mike Pence

USA plans to establish 'Space Force'

ANI | Updated: Aug 09, 2018 23:38 IST

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], August 9 (ANI): The United States of America is planning to establish a military base dedicated to space called 'Space Force.'
US Vice-president Mike Pence, in a speech at Pentagon on Thursday, announced the project as the sixth branch of the U.S. Military, reported USA Today.
USA Today quoted Pence as saying, "The time has come to establish the United States Space Force."
Pence further said that the force will be set up by 2020 and will be led by a four-star officer and draw forces from the other armed services.
The budget and authorization for the project will be sought from the Congress and it will be a part of next year's budget. The Vice-president also said that work on the venture has already begun.
However several officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, have opposed the separate space project in the past.
According to USA Today, Mattis wrote to the Congress that it would, "likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations."
This comes after US President Donald Trump called for the setting up of the sixth military command in June.