White House pushing ahead with Trump's Space Force

26 October, 2018, 06:28 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • White House to press forward with Trump's Space Command

There is a "good chance" that the United States will formally launch its space force next year, President Donald Trump has said.

Pence said the Trump administration was already working closely with congressional leaders on "both sides of the Capitol building" to include funding for the Space Force in next year's defense budget. Pence is head of the National Space Council, a government body that was revived past year to draw up plans for the space force envisioned by Trump.

The National Space Council and National Security Council will also be expected to review current space operational authorities and explore changes to create future guidance to give more flexibility to war fighters.

Defense Secretary James Mattis said that "right now what we're going to do is set up a combatant command", and the military would be working with the Congress on it. The new troops will establish by no later than 2020, promised Pensions. "It was (yet) talking about consolidation (resources), and in the future Congress and presidential administration will be able to expand and develop space forces", said Pence.

"So, the first order of business is ensuring that the infrastructure of our satellite technology is protected".

Speaking at a meeting of the National Space Council on Tuesday, Mr Pence said, "Space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea, and America will be as dominant there as we are here on Earth".

Space is a potential battlefield.

"That will be the project of the space force going forward". The White House has said it will release plans for the Space Force early next year.

With his demand that the Pentagon create a new military service - a Space Force to assure "American dominance in space" - President Donald Trump has injected urgency into a long-meandering debate over the best way to protect USA interests in space, both military and commercial.

He said: 'It will not in the first instance look like other branches of the service that were stood up. "The time has come to stop studying the problem and start fixing it".



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