(NBC News) – Vice President Pence unveiled the blueprint for a new branch of the military: the U.S. Space Force.
It’s the first addition to the Pentagon structure in seven decades.
It fulfills the wishes of President Donald Trump but apparently clashes with the wishes of his top brass.
In a speech at the Pentagon, Pence said the new Space Force would be established by 2020.
“As President Trump has said, in his words, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space — we must have American dominance in space. And so we will,” Pence said. “Space is, in his words, a war-fighting domain just like land and air and sea.”
He added, “History proves that peace only comes through strength, and in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength in the years ahead.”