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US Space Command Will Stand Up To Find Ziggy Stardust And Spiders From Mars
In one small step for Space Force and one giant leap towards eliminating the bug threat on Klendathu, President Donald Trump has ordered the services to consolidate their space-based components into U.S. Space Command, which will become a new unified combatant command.
“The establishment of Space Command is a critical step in accelerating our space capabilities and posture to defend our vital national interests and deter our adversaries,” said Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. Joseph Buccino. “This combatant command will lead space operations and develop space warfighting doctrine, tactics, and techniques.
“While we establish this new combatant command we continue to develop a legislative proposal to meet President Trump’s vision for a Space Force as a sixth U.S. military service. These organizations will ensure we maintain our national technological and military advantages in space for generations to come.”
Vice President Mike Pence has vowed that the Trump administration will stand up Space Force as an independent military branch by 2020, but Congress would have to approve creating a new military service.
The U.S. military is working with Congress to set a time line for making Space Force a fully operational and independent service, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan tweeted on Tuesday.
“The Space Force will serve as a force provider for personnel, assets, and capabilities supporting space operations while Space Command will serve as the operational command that will employ space capabilities and lead space operations,” Shanahan tweeted.
But Rep. Adam Smith, the likely next chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has said is against the president’s proposal to create Space Force.
“I am concerned that his proposal would create additional costly military bureaucracy at a time when we have limited resources for defense and critical domestic priorities, and I do not believe it is the best way to advance U.S. national security,” Smith (D-Wash.) told Task & Purpose on Oct. 23.
Whenever Space Command launches its first mission, Task & Purpose will work with Ground Control to ask Major Tom what it feels like to float in a most peculiar way.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's withholding of $391 million in military aid to Ukraine was linked to his request that the Ukrainians look into a claim — debunked as a conspiracy theory — about the 2016 U.S. election, a senior presidential aide said on Thursday, the first time the White House acknowledged such a connection.
Trump and administration officials had denied for weeks that they had demanded a "quid pro quo" - a Latin phrase meaning a favor for a favor - for delivering the U.S. aid, a key part of a controversy that has triggered an impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives against the Republican president.
But Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff, acknowledged in a briefing with reporters that the U.S. aid — already approved by Congress — was held up partly over Trump's concerns about a Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer server alleged to be in Ukraine.
"I have news for everybody: Get over it. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy," Mulvaney said.
‘I’m the Meryl Streep of generals’ — Mattis hits back at Trump for calling him the 'world's most overrated general'
Former Defense Secretary James Mattis decided to take on President Donald Trump's reported assertion that he is "overrated" at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York City on Thursday.
"I'm not just an overrated general, I am the greatest — the world's most — overrated," Mattis said at the event, which raises money for charity.
"I'm honored to be considered that by Donald Trump because he also called Meryl Streep an overrated actress," Mattis said. "So I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals ... and frankly that sounds pretty good to me. And you do have to admit that between me and Meryl, at least we've had some victories."
The former Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs thinks that the VA needs to start researching medical marijuana. Not in a bit. Not soon. Right goddamn now.
US and Turkey agree on temporary cease fire to allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw from northeast Syria
The United States and Turkey have agreed to a temporary cease fire to allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw from a safe zone that Turkey is establishing along its border with Syria, Vice President Mike Pence announced on Thursday.
A Navy doomsday aircraft that would play a vital communication role in the event of a nuclear war had one of its four engines replaced this month after it struck a bird at a Maryland air station.