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President Trump's Space Force got a lot more real today: The Pentagon has begun the process of establishing it as a 6th branch of the U.S. military by 2020.
The big picture: Only Congress has the power to create a new branch of the military. The Space Force will start with a new combatant command overseen by a four-star general.
Details: In a speech with Defense Secretary James Mattis today, Vice President Mike Pence outlined the first stages of a plan that the Department of Defense will deliver to Congress to develop a U.S. Space Force.
Axios' Andrew Freedman emails: "This strikes me as an interesting balance between the Pentagon trying to placate Trump, initially with a combatant command that has a 4-star general, while working toward establishing a space force as a separate military branch."
The bottom line: The next debate will be whether a sixth branch of the Defense Department, and the bureaucracy that it includes, is the best way to tackle that problem.
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