Donald Trump really seems intent on making his proposed Space Force a thing. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., and Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., leaders of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, said in a statement.
Rather than building up a Space Force from scratch, the Pentagon will take individuals and units working on space programs in the Air Force and other branches, with the objective of having the "United States Department of the Space Force" by 2020. "Space is, in his words, a war-fighting domain just like land and air and sea". "This is a process we're in. And we're going to have to address it as other countries show a capability to attack those assets".
But with Russian Federation and China developing weapons that threaten US satellites and investing in hypersonic technology, Pence said the nation could not afford inaction. For example, Russian Federation and China are pursuing anti-satellite weapons, including lasers, to "reduce US military effectiveness". Next year's budget will seek funding and authorization for the venture.
But the Department of Defense has identified "five actions that can be taken immediately to begin building the Space Force", according to a fact sheet released by the White House on Thursday. While Scharre agreed that "space is the American Achilles heel", he said creating a new bureaucracy with a single focus would handicap the military: "The United States needs to focus on the mission, not the domain".
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Chris Ferguson and Marine Corps test pilot Nicole Mann , who will conduct the first Starliner flight test sometime in mid-2019. Once the spacecraft is attached to the space station, it's created to stay there for 210 days.
Even if everything goes smoothly on the political and military fronts, there are still legal and technical obstacles to the Trump-Pence vision of a US Space Force. U.S. Space Command will be responsible for directing the employment of the Space Force. "It will disrupt existing military relationships and add nothing of value".
He added the "Space Force" was an idea "whose time has come". In order for this to happen, Congress has to amend Title 10 of the United States Code.
"It will be fit for objective is what I can assure you, but I don't have all the final answers yet, we're still putting that together", he said. The change, which would require approval from Congress, would be a dramatic change in the organization of the Defense Department.
The report calls for the creation of a new major unified Combatant Command called US Space Command, which would be akin to the operational commands that oversee US troops in the Middle East and the Indo-Pacific. Initially an assistant secretary of defense for space, this position will be "key to the critical transition to a fully indecent Secretary of the Space Force in the years ahead", said Pence.