Vice President Pence called Thursday for America to assert its dominance in space as he made a direct appeal to the Pentagon for a sixth military branch serving this objective - and revealed the Trump administration wants to create the "Space Force" by 2020.
"Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America's best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation", said Pence at today's briefing.
Vice President Mike Pence is rallying support for the Trump administration's push to develop a the Space Force.
Only Congress has the authority to establish a new branch of the military-something that hasn't happened since the U.S. Air Force was founded in 1947. Now such issues largely fall under the Air Force. He also says that the current system, with the Air Force in charge of military space operations, is not ideal.
One reason for the resistance - a fear the Space Force will take resources and budget dollars away from existing service branches and dilute their operational authority. "We have the direction from the president and we're underway".
But, earlier this week, Mr Mattis said he is in "complete alignment" with Mr Trump's concerns about USA space assets.
The creation of a role called the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space.
However, before it gets off the ground - Space Force still needs Congress to pass new legislation.
The Pentagon report included interim steps including creating a unified combatant command, known as the U.S. Space Command, by the end of 2018, according to a copy reviewed by Reuters.
It would require a new headquarters and major organisational changes. Pence says Space Force will debut by 2020 (pending congressional approval). That's a big statement.
"We are glad that the Pentagon is finally taking these steps in enhancing our space strength", Republican Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama and Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, said in a statement following the report's release.
The 45th President first floated the Space Force idea as a part of his national security strategy back in March, stating that this would fulfil his original vow to ensure the US's dominance in the space race.
"Across this department and our intelligence agencies, there are literally tens of thousands of military personnel, civilians and contractors operating and supporting our space systems - and together, they are the eyes and ears of America's warfighters around the globe", Pence said.
"Both nations are also investing heavily in what is known as hypersonic missiles created to fly up to five miles per second at such low altitudes that they could potentially evade detection via our missile defence radars".
He warned about developments made by Russian Federation and China claiming that "hypersonic" weapons were nearly a reality.