Pentagon submits Space Force proposal to Congress

US President Donald Trump shows his signature on the Space Policy Directive-4 (SPD-4) on February 19, 2019 at the White House—he
US President Donald Trump shows his signature on the Space Policy Directive-4 (SPD-4) on February 19, 2019 at the White House—he directed the US Defense Department to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the Armed Forces

The Pentagon has submitted a proposal to Congress that, if approved, would see the creation of a new "Space Force," officials said Friday.

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

"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," Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said.

In its current form, the 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 created a new military branch. Space Force would be the sixth, with the others being the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard.

But the creation of 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 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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Mar 02, 2019
So, whens the first parade? Cause the Bogus POTUS owes his pimp-fuerher putin & Murder Inc's jin kim & some of the other fascist gauletiers to return all the parades they'dheld for the trumpsterfire over the years.

It's going to be such a real "THRILLER" watching the US Space Force Infantry & Camel Corps goosestepping by.

Dontcha know how difficult it was to train the camels to goosestep?
Fortuitously, before the market price of petrol crashed burned. The trumpenella's crime family's goodly bedfellows, the Saudis. Poured tanker loads of our tax dollars into research to make goosestepping camels possible.

No. no, don't concern yourself about this expenditure of our tax dollars.
We all know you are too cowardly to stand-up against saudi rapine.
I won't even mention about that smelly puddle around your feet as you crouch in the corner cowering.

This will be similar to a circus parade? With vp pennyfoolish following behind with a shovel & pushing a broom.
Good lackey!

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