Mattis: US needs Space Force to counter Russia, China

  • U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis receives military honors before his meeting with Brazil’s defense minister, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Mattis has spent six days visiting South American countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

RIO DE JANEIRO — A U.S. Space Force is necessary to protect American satellites from being targeted by attack weapons in the hands of China and Russia, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday.

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