In the draft plan, Space Force would absorb some of the Army, Navy, and Air Force’s space capabilities, but those services would still have people and equipment for their individual space needs, Defense One first reported on Monday.
The National Reconnaissance Office, which is in charge of the nation’s ultra-secret spy satellites, would remain independent from Space Force under the plan cited by Defense One. Space Force would also not be in charge of monitoring for nuclear missile launches and other missions “that are tangentially associated with space,” according to Defense One.
A Pentagon spokesman declined to comment on the draft plan.
It is not yet clear whether the internal plan reported by Defense One has support from the White House or if it is still a working draft that could change significantly before it is finalized, Todd Harrison, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Task & Purpose.
“For the past 20 years, space reorganization has not been a partisan political issue, but that could change if the president continues to use it as a rallying cry for fundraising and at campaign events,” Harrison told Task & Purpose. “This would make it very hard for Democrats to support a Space Force even if they may agree on the merits.”
When Defense One reported in September that Space Force could cost $13 billion over five years, Smith said that was too much money.
“This is an initial estimate, but it suggests just how costly President Trump’s plan for a separate ‘Space Force’ would be,” Smith told Task & Purpose on Sept. 18. “That is a major reason why I am opposed to his request.”
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
A Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — A Navy SEAL officer accused of failing to properly report alleged war crimes carried out by one of his men was arraigned on Tuesday in San Diego.
After being informed of his rights, Lt. Jacob Portier did not enter a plea or choose whether he'd ask for a jury or bench trial, since his civilian attorney has raised questions over a protective order in the case.
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
Welcome to Confessions Of, an occaisional series where Task & Purpose's James Clark solicits hilarious, embarrassing, and revealing stories from troops and vets about their job, billet, or a tour overseas. Are you in an interesting assignment and think you might have something to share? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your story.
"Nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine."
The Pentagon has identified a Green Beret who was killed on Tuesday by enemy small arms fire in southern Afghanistan as Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale.
Beale was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, according to U.S. Army Special Operations Command. He was killed during combat operations in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.