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.”
Rebekah "Moani" Daniel and her husband Walter Daniel. (Walter Daniel/Luvera Law Firm)
The Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition to hear a wrongful death case involving the controversial Feres Doctrine — a major blow to advocates seeking to undo the 69-year-old legal rule that bars U.S. service members and their families from suing the government for injury or death deemed to have been brought on by military service.
FORT IRWIN, California -- Anyone who's been here has seen it: the field of brightly painted boulders surrounding a small mountain of rocks that symbolizes unit pride at the Army's National Training Center.
For nearly four decades, combat units have painted their insignias on boulders near the road into this post. It's known as Painted Rocks.