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Pence outlines plan for new space force

Vice president portrays proposed military branch as a response to threats

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Photographs by AP/EVAN VUCCI

Vice President Mike Pence (center) walks Thursday with Deputy Secretary of Defense Pat Sha- nahan (left) and Secretary of Defense James Mattis before speaking at the Pentagon about the creation of a U.S. space force.

Pointing to growing threats and competition from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday announced ambitious plans to create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military war-fighting service by 2020.

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