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.

Aiming for Mars, Obama Announces Deep-Space Work With Industry
Outgoing president sees humans on Red Planet by 2030s

NASA's Opportunity rover explores an elongated crater called "Spirit of St. Louis" on Mars last year. President Obama on Monday announced his administration is working with private firms on deep-space technologies that could make human travel to Mars possible. (Photo via NASA)