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Pence heads to Pentagon to discuss Space Force

AFP  |  Washington 

US Vice is visiting the today to discuss progress in implementing Donald Trump's order to build a new military branch known as

Trump in June ordered the creation of Space Force, which would become the sixth service in the US military, arguing the needs it to tackle vulnerabilities in space and assert US dominance in orbit.

Currently, the oversees most space capabilities and there is some push back from officials who worry would be duplicative and add bureaucratic bloat.

said this week that Pence is Trump's "point man" for Space Force, and officials are working closely with his office.

Mattis last year voiced skepticism on the need to create a separate

In a letter to a US congressman, he said he did "not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations," adding it would create extra bureaucracy and cost.

On Tuesday, however, the Pentagon said he fully supported the idea of creating a new command that would draw in members of existing military branches.

"We need to address space as a developing, war-fighting domain and a combatant command is certainly one thing that we can establish," he said.

The vast divides the globe into various commands, such as in the or Indo-Pacific Command in Asia, and so a new would be on an equal footing as these.

Though it would not be a full new branch of the military, it would still require a new headquarters and major organizational changes.

The Pentagon is set to release a report to later Tuesday outlining steps towards meeting Trump's order. Only can approve the creation of a new military branch.

Pence is due to deliver an address at around 11:15 am (local time).

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 20:25 IST