Pence to discuss Space Force at Pentagon

Pence to discuss Space Force at Pentagon
© Greg Nash

Vice President Pence will reportedly meet with officials at the Pentagon on Thursday to talk about President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE’s proposed Space Force.

A source with the vice president's office confirmed to The Hill that Pence will discuss the future of the Space Force during the visit.

CNN first reported that Pence, who chairs the president's space council, will stop by the Pentagon around the same time the Department of Defense is expected to release a report on its space-related operations to Congress.

The report was initially scheduled to be released on Aug. 1, but it has since been delayed, CNN reported. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisPentagon reporters left in dark as Iran tensions escalate Trump officials slow-walk president's order to cut off Central American aid: report Overnight Defense — Presented by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Trump nominates Shanahan as Pentagon chief | House panel advances bill to block military funds for border wall | Trump defends Bolton despite differences MORE told reporters on Tuesday that the department is still "working our way through" the details of establishing the Space Force. He added that he, Trump and Pence "are in complete agreement" on the matter.

“We need to address space as a developing war fighting domain and a combatant command is certainly one thing that we can establish. This is a process we're in,” Mattis said outside the Pentagon prior to meeting with British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson.

Trump in June officially directed the Pentagon to “immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.”

Congressional action is needed to create an entirely new military branch.

--Updated at 8:30 p.m.