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At Kennedy, Vice President Pence Announces Creation Of “Space Command”

Vice President Mike Pence announces the creation of a Space Command at Kennedy Space Center. Photo: Office of the Vice President / Twitter.

Vice President Mike Pence said the administration plans to launch a U.S. Space Command.

A one-page memo from President Trump authorizes the Defense Department to create a new command to oversee and organize space operation across all branches of the military and protect the nation’s satellites.

The Vice President says China and Russia are working on ways to hack and disrupt U-S- satellites… and these new challenges demand new responses.

“A new era of American national security in space begins today,” Pence said to crowd of military service members at Kennedy Space Center.

The Space Command is estimated to cost $800 million over the next five years. Pence said the president will also sign a directive in the coming days laying out plans to create a new branch of the military – the U.S. space force.

“The U.S. Space Command will integrate space capabilities across all branches of the military, it will develop the space doctrine, tactics and techniques that will enable our war fighters in this new era,” said Pence

The Vice President was in town to watch SpaceX’s first launch of a national security mission for the Air Force. A launch attempt was scrubbed due to a fueling issue.

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Are We There Yet?' Host

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. Brendan is a native Floridian, born and raised in Broward County. He moved to ... Read Full Bio »