8 thoughts on “Adventures in the Space Force

  1. IG-88A says:

    “Trump Considers Firing Air Force Chief Over Space Force Pushback” (Foreign Policy 10/4/18) https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/10/04/trump-considers-ousting-air-force-head-over-space-force-pushback/ President Trump is peeved with Heather Wilson over her handling of his directive to stand up a separate Space Force in the U.S. military, and he’s considering ousting her after the midterm elections, three sources with knowledge of the matter told Foreign Policy. Wilson recently angered Trump as well as Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Defense Secretary James Mattis’s second in command, with what is seen as a campaign to undermine the Space Force effort, the sources said.

  2. Done deal says:

    Donald Trump has officially ordered the creation of Space Command at the Pentagon – the first step on the way to a US Space Force – an organization that could cost around $800 million over the next five years. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/space-command-us-force-trump-military-memorandum-a8689721.html “A new era of American national security in space begins today,” Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

  3. Hanger Queen says:

    A Senate panel on Thursday raised a long list of reservations to a Trump administration plan to create Space Force as a new military branch that could require $500 million in annual funding. https://warisboring.com/space-force-faces-senate-panels-skepticism-concerns/ Among Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed, the committee’s ranking Democrat’s concerns, Space Force would see the military’s highest ratio of headquarters personnel to its overall servicemember population. For example, the Air Force has an estimated 320,000 airmen to its 2,300 headquarters personnel, while the Space Force ratio would be 16,500 to 1,000, he said.

  4. Tom Corbett says:

    A key House panel has rejected the Trump administration’s plan to create Space Force, a sixth branch of the U.S. military focused on orbital operations. https://www.defenseone.com/politics/2019/05/house-panel-rejects-space-force/157139/ The proposal “leaves many unanswered questions and lacks important details and supporting analysis to justify the proposed size, scope, cost, roles, and authorities for the new military service,” members of the Democrat-led House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee said in their report on the 2020 budget proposal. https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP00/20190521/109534/HMKP-116-AP00-20190521-SD002.pdf
    That markup reflects the subcommittee’s decisions last week to: Approve $15 million “to study and refine plans for the potential establishment of a Space Force”; Reject the Pentagon’s $72.4 million proposal to put together a Space Force headquarters staff at the Pentagon in fiscal 2020 and Approve $70 million to fund U.S. Space Command, the new combatant command for space warfighting.
    The full House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to review the defense budget on Tuesday.

  5. Update says:

    “Congress, White House near deal to create Space Force in exchange for paid leave for federal workers : Approval would come as part of defense authorization bill in Congress” https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/12/06/congress-white-house-near-deal-create-space-force-exchange-paid-leave-federal-workers/
    “Donald Trump may get his space force – in deal for federal paid parental leave : Military and civilian workers could get 12 weeks of paid leave / Ivanka Trump hails ‘HUGE’ step but deal not yet done” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/07/donald-trump-space-force-deal-federal-workers-paid-parental-leave

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