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Vice President Pence Lays Out Vision For U.S. 'Space Force'

At the Pentagon Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence lays out the Trump administration’s plan to create the first new branch of the U.S. military in more than 70 years: a “space force.”

Here & Now’s Robin Young checks in with space journalist and Alabama Public Radio news director Pat Duggins ( @PatDuggins).

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Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, listens during the National Space Council meeting in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 18, 2018. President Donald Trump has tasked the Defense Department to begin the process of establishing the 'Space Force' as the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces. He said the new branch's creation will be overseen by Dunford. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, listens during the National Space Council meeting in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 18, 2018. President Donald Trump has tasked the Defense Department to begin the process of establishing the 'Space Force' as the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces. He said the new branch's creation will be overseen by Dunford. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Vice President Mike Pence delivers opening remarks during the National Space Council's first meeting, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. (Joel Kowsky/NASA via AP)
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Vice President Mike Pence delivers opening remarks during the National Space Council's first meeting, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. (Joel Kowsky/NASA via AP)