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Space Farce? The Challenges of Creating a New Military Department in Just 2 Years: Podcast

CQ on Congress, Episode 115

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence announced the Trump administration's plan to create a U.S. Space Force by 2020. ( Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Space is the “next battlefield,” Vice President Mike Pence said this week. CQ editor Patrick B. Pexton talks with reporter Andrew Clevenger about all the steps needed to create the Space Force. The biggest challenge? A just-passed, two-year defense authorization bill that’s on the president’s desk awaiting his signature. That bill has no extra funds for such an ambitious enterprise that critics say isn’t even necessary to protect the U.S. from space-based threats.

Show Notes:3 Takeaways From the Pence ‘Space Force’ Sales PitchTrump’s Space Force Order Would Need Congressional Action As Trump Looks to Outer Space, Senate Dems Put In a Word for Earth

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