Pentagon pushes space force programs even without Congress’ approval, funding

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The US Defense Department is plowing ahead to make good on US President Donald Trump’s promise to start up a Space Force, proposing the establishment of a satellite-procurement agency, a new Space Operations Force and a brand-new combatant command ? though without Congressional approval or clear funding.

The Pentagon is circulating a 14-page document to lawmakers that outlines a general plan for the Space Force and how Congress can write it into law, Defense One reported Tuesday.

“DoD will usher in a new age of space technology and field new systems in order to deter, and if necessary degrade, deny, disrupt, destroy and manipulate adversary capabilities to protect US interests, assets and way of life… This new age will unlock growth in the US industrial base, expand the commercial space economy and strengthen partnerships with our allies,” a copy of the document, obtained by Defense One, states.

The satellite-procurement agency, the new combatant command and the Space Operations Force are among the core components of the president’s proposed Space Force. What’s not clear is how they’ll be funded: the most recent draft of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act does not authorize new funding for Trump’s space vision, Sputnik reported July 23.

Still, the effort is estimated to be completed within a couple months by the Pentagon, Defense One reported.

“I’ve directed the Pentagon to begin the process of creating the sixth branch of our military. It’s called the Space Force… A lot of very important things are going to be taking place in space… We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the Space Force – separate but equal,” Trump said when proposing the new branch in June.

Full article: Pentagon pushes space force programs even without Congress’ approval, funding (Spacewar)

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