Here are the four steps to create a Space Force

Vice President Mike Pence reveals four things the Pentagon is doing to create a Space Force.

WASHINGTON — While the U.S. Defense Department laid out some preliminary steps it plans to take ahead of implementing a sixth service branch known as the Space Force, much is still unknown — including what structure the Space Force will take and how much it will cost.

Speaking to reporters Aug. 9, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva said the Pentagon now must hammer out the specifics of how the Space Force is to be broken away from the existing services and fashioned into an independent branch.

“We haven’t put together a legislative proposal,” Shanahan said. “My sense is we’ll put something like that together this year and it will probably look like this: Here are options. You could have something that’s very extensive. You could have something that’s medium [sized].”