Pence Won't Rule Out Nukes in Space

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White House advisers on Tuesday are set to recommend that US President Donald Trump's planned US Space Command develop ways for the military to operate in outer space, according to two administration officials briefed on the plans.

He named United States adversaries as Russian Federation and China, and said potential space threats include anti-satellite weapons, airborne lasers, "highly threatening on-orbit activities and evasive hypersonic missiles".

Russian Federation has linked the proposed formation of the US Space Force and its intended withdrawal from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty to the Trump administration's intention to dominate space.

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Pence said the president will soon ask Congress to gather military and civilians working on space security into a unified command, similar to the military's special forces.

Pence said at an earlier Washington Post forum that China and Russian Federation have established similar space forces.

Vice President Mike Pence said that the United States has flexibility on its military activities in outer space, and refused to rule out the idea that the USA would position nuclear weapons there in the future, saying it would "advance the principle that peace comes through strength".

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"Let's begin by bringing everyone under a unified command", he said, adding that he would also like to see a Space Development Agency tasked with new technologies. The US President promised to return the United States to the moon and to reach Mars.

Pence said the 1967 treaty "does ban weapons of mass destruction in space, but it doesn't ban military activity".

A lack of centralized leadership and accountability threatened USA ability to "advance our national security in space", Pence said. The Air Force has estimated that Space Force could cost $3 billion in its first year and would likely need $13 billion in its first five years. "And the president is determined to make sure that America leads in space, as well, from a military standpoint", he said.

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Critics, including some Democratic lawmakers, have said the creation of Space Command would be an expensive duplication of work already being done by other services like the Air Force.

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