U.S. Vice President Mike Pence outlined the plan to establish a new branch of the military, the Space Force.
Mike Pence Outlines Plan To Create U.S. Space Force
Secretary Matus deputy secretary Shannahan General Salah general Goldfine members of the Armed Forces of the United States of America and all the men and women of the United States Department of Defense who each and every day oversee the greatest military in the history of the world. Thank you for all you do every day for the American my great honor a secretary to join you here today at the Pentagon. And let me begin by bringing greetings from your commander in chief who has from the very earliest days of this administration proved himself to be a great champion of the Armed Forces of the United States committed to strengthening American security here on Earth and in space.
I bring greetings from the 44th president of the United States of America President Donald Trump in his inaugural address to the nation.
President Trump proclaimed that the United States stands in his words at the birth of a new millennium ready to unlock the mysteries of space and since day one of our administration this president has kept his promise to restore America's proud legacy of leadership in space believing that space is essential to our nation's security prosperity and our very way of life last year after it had lain dormant for nearly a quarter century. President Trump revived the National Space Council to reinvigorate and coordinate space activities across our government. It's my great honor. As vice president to serve as the chairman of the National Space Council and I'm pleased to report that President Trump has already signed three new space policy directives to reorient our space program toward human exploration unleash America's burgeoning commercial space companies and safeguard our vital space assets with new space traffic management policy. But as commander in chief President Trumps highest priority is the safety and security of the American people. And while too often previous administrations all but neglected the growing security threats emerging in space President Trump stated clearly and forcefully that space is in his words a war fighting domain just like land and air and sea and just as we've done in ages past the United States of America.
Under his leadership we'll meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield with American ingenuity and strength to defend our nation protect our people and carry the cause of liberty and peace into the next great American frontier.
In 1939 at the start of the Second World War the U.S. Army Air Corps was still a fledgling organization but as Nazi air forces bomb their way from Warsaw to London our military commanders took decisive action. Then to meet that new threat head on. By 1945 the American military had nearly 30 times the number of planes and eighty five times the number of pilots and support crews compared to just six years earlier America and our allies emerged victorious from World War II. Because of the strength of our armed forces and because our armed forces adapted to meet the emerging threats of the day we knew that air power had forever.