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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.

Vice President Mike Pence delivered some key updates on the administration's plan to implement a "Space Force" as a branch of the United States military.

"I think we have a good chance next year of officially doing our Space Force", Trump told reporters in a brief interaction during a meeting with military officials on Tuesday.

He named U.S. 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'.

According to him, trump will soon ask the Congress to unite in one team of military and civilian experts in charge of security in space.

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Defense Secretary James Mattis said that "right now what we're going to do is set up a combatant command", and the military would be working with the Congress on it.

"This is what our competitors are already doing", Pence said. "It was (yet) talking about consolidation (resources), and in the future Congress and presidential administration will be able to expand and develop space forces", said Pence.

The National Space Council, a White House advisory panel, will also recommend a review of existing treaty issues, and will unveil proposed legislation for Congress to create and fund a separate space agency to oversee commercial activities, the officials said.

"We will forge a new era of peace through strength in outer space", Pence said adding, "space is a war fighting domain, just like the air, land and sea, and America will be just as dominant there as we are here on earth", UPI quoted Pence as saying.

"The time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of the armed forces of the United States, to turn the page to an evolution of our armed forces, to meet the challenges and opportunities on that limitless frontier", Pence said.


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