US vice-president Mike Pence speaks about the proposed creation of a new branch of the military, Space Force, at the Pentagon in Washington on Thursday. Photo: AFP

US Vice-President Mike Pence says Pentagon plans Space Force as new separate armed service

The force would defend satellites from attack and perform other space-related tasks; China and Russia are the US’ primary rivals in space

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US vice-president Mike Pence speaks about the proposed creation of a new branch of the military, Space Force, at the Pentagon in Washington on Thursday. Photo: AFP
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