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US Congress: Pentagon Submits Space Force Proposal

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7Dnews London

Sat, 02 Mar 2019 13:16 GMT

The Pentagon has called for the creation of a new military "Space Force," according to US officials, speaking Friday March 1st.

Acting defence secretary Patrick Shanahan told AFP: "Our approach follows President Trump's bold vision for space and commits resources to deliver more capability faster, ensuring the United States can compete, deter, and, if needed, win in a complex domain."  

The move comes at the request of Trump, who has insisted that a separate branch of the military is needed to focus on protecting satellites and tackling vulnerabilities in space.  

As outlined in its current form, the proposed space force would be established as its own branch of the military, but would fall under the air force, similar to how the navy oversees the marine corps. 

Not since the air force was stood up in 1947 has the Pentagon, the headquarters of the US's military, created a new branch of the military. The space force would be the sixth, with the others being the army, navy, marines and the coast guard. 

But the creation of the space force is by no means a done deal, as it must be vetted and approved by Congress.  

Lawmakers and defense officials have reacted with skepticism - they are wary of the cost, added bureaucracy and duplication of work currently being done by the air force. 

Space plays a vital role in just about every aspect of modern warfare, with many military technologies reliant on a network of orbiting sensors and satellites, and the Pentagon has warned that countries such as Russia and China are working to build anti-satellite capabilities. 


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