Mr Trump - who tweeted "Space Force all the way!" on Thursday - and his supporters point to how adversaries such as China and Russian Federation are increasingly deploying satellites as proof that action is needed.
Israeli strike kills 2 Hamas militants in Gaza
Israeli forces stop and search a Palestinian boy at the entrance of Damascus Gate, outside Jerusalem's Old City. In turn, earlier, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning Israel for actions in Gaza .
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Mattis said he was in support of the creation of a separate combatant command for space, adding that his department was in "complete alignment with the president's concerns about protecting our assets in space". Pence has been the administration's point man for space issues and the White House decided he should be the administration official rolling out the DoD report.
Watch part of Vice President Pence's space force address above, via Fox News. Pence said that the new military branch will be needed in order to protect American national security as the "space environment has fundamentally changed in the last generation".
The creation of the Space Development Agency.
The Pentagon report recommended that for now the unified command be in the hands of the Air Force, which currently oversees some of the most critical space-based capabilities.
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Which is a huge bummer for those of us who used to tune in exclusively to see who'd win the award for Best Costume Design. I hope that they will also think about what a big deal a new category is for the Academy and to that I say BRAVO to them.
"Recently, our advisories have been working to bring new weapons of war into space itself". The Space Force would initially be led by a civilian who would report directly to the Secretary of Defense, Pence said. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said in a memo previous year to Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, that he opposed "the creation of a new military service and additional organisational layers at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting functions".
The Space Force would be responsible for a range of crucial space-based US military capabilities, which include everything from satellites enabling the Global Positioning System (GPS) to sensors that help track missile launches. Space is vital to the way the United States wages war; The Pentagon's satellites are used for missile-defence warnings, guiding precision munitions, and providing communications and reconnaissance.
But the plan to create an entirely new branch of the service has rankled some in the Pentagon, who say it is unnecessary, and that the Air Force has for years looked after the nation's interests in orbit. "But history proves that peace only comes through strength".
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Manchester United fail with Diego Godin approach
The Uruguayan defender would be an alternative to linked names Toby Alderweireld , Jerome Boateng and Harry Maguire . And BBC Sport journalist Stone has now revealed that the Red Devils were always wary of bidding for the 32-year-old.
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