Space–Late 2018

I have been watching and writing about the possible creation of another branch of military service, a Space Command.  First Obama had the itch and now Trump is going to scratch it……

I promised my readers that I would keep my eye on this story for few others seem to care that another drain on our money is being considered……..

President Donald Trump has launched the Pentagon’s new Space Command. It’s an effort to better organize and advance the military’s vast operations in space that could cost as much as $800 million over the next five years.

Trump signed the one-page memorandum Tuesday authorizing the Department of Defense to create the new command.

U.S. officials say President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order soon creating a U.S. Space Command that will better organize and advance the military’s vast operations in space.

Two U.S. officials say that Vice President Mike Pence will make the announcement Tuesday at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.

Trump’s order is separate from his oft-stated goal of creating a “Space Force” as an independent armed service branch, but it’s considered a step in that direction. The move will require the Defense Department to pull together various space units and agencies from across the military services into a more coordinated, independent organization.

(nbc12.com)

First comes the “Command” then comes the “Force”……the gears of the machine will already be in place……that aside a few words about the possibility of a new (Force)…..

Pentagon and administration officials discussed the possibility of establishing a Space Force under a larger Department of the Air and Space Force.

A DoD spokesman confirmed to SpaceNews that a team of Pentagon officials led by Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan floated this idea to Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the administration’s space reorganization efforts. Shanahan is overseeing the drafting of a legislative proposal that will be submitted to the White House in the coming weeks and, once approved, will be sent to Capitol Hill with the president’s budget request for fiscal year 2020.

https://spacenews.com/space-force-proposal-could-create-a-broader-military-department-for-both-air-and-space/

My biggest concern is how much cash will be sucked out of the budget for yet another Pentagon straw……

The takeaway from new cost estimates for establishing a new military service for space is that there is no cheap way to build a Space Force.

Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, unveiled a highly anticipated report on Monday, detailing cost estimates for standing up a Space Force as a separate military branch. Harrison made headlines in September when he criticized Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson’s estimate — $13 billion over five years to establish a new service and a space command — as overinflated.

https://spacenews.com/how-much-does-a-space-force-cost-analyst-lays-out-menu-of-options/

Where to put this “Space Force” in the hierarchy of the military?  I have an answer……

After months of deliberating how to stand up a Space Force, a sixth branch of the military proposed by President Donald Trump, Pentagon leaders have decided to funnel the new organization under the Department of the Air Force, Defense News has learned.

“There is established a United States Space Force as an armed force within the Department of the Air Force,” states a draft of the legislative proposal due to be put forward alongside the fiscal year 2020 budget early next year, which was viewed by Defense News on Dec. 20.

The new service will be overseen by the newly created undersecretary of the Air Force for the Space Force and a Space Force chief of staff, who will sit on the Joint Chiefs.

https://www.defensenews.com/space/2018/12/20/trumps-new-space-force-to-reside-under-department-of-the-air-force/

So much is happening that this situaation is still not newsworthy….but that is why I am here, right?

The Pentagon is finalizing a proposal for the establishment of a United States Space Force as a sixth military branch. According to a draft of the proposal, the Space Force would be organized under the Department of the Air Force. The Space Force would be made in the same mold as the Marine Corps, which is an independent service that resides under the Department of the Navy.

The contents of the draft proposal were first reported on Thursday by Defense News. SpaceNews reviewed a draft document that confirms what Defense News reported.

The proposal is labeled “Preliminary Draft for Policy Discussion.” A White House source confirmed that the National Space Council has been in coordination with DoD on the legislative proposal.

https://spacenews.com/space-force-proposal-creates-an-independent-service-under-the-department-of-the-air-force/

This is a developing story and soon will be one for page one and I hope my reader will recall where they got their info in the beginning.

Further Reading:

https://lobotero.com/2018/09/27/space-the-final-frontier-again/

https://lobotero.com/2018/10/03/space-and-space-rangers/

https://lobotero.com/2018/11/04/space-the-good-news-and-the-bad/

https://lobotero.com/2018/11/07/space-up-up-and-away/

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19 thoughts on “Space–Late 2018

    1. Looks like they will try to bury it in the budget and hope for the best….this may get support all around after all it was an Obama plan originally….chuq

      1. Space Force is no nonsense. They laughed atRreagan’s Stars Wars defense too a form of which Israel uses with great success today. . The first strike in a military attack against US (looks like China and Russia are enhancing their abilities) will be to knock out our satellites. This not only terminates our ability to surveil the planet but disables all missile delivery systems, ends communication, shuts down air, land and sea operations and leaves us impotent. Result – unconditional surrender or incineration.

      1. Yes it was a pre-Christmas farce in every way imaginable. As well as the government hoo-hah, we had the ‘no evidence’ drone fiasco, causing havoc at Gatwick.
        It seems unlikely that any Brexit deal will be agreed. Current speculation is that they will be asking for ‘more time’. I sometimes wonder if we will leave the EU in my lifetime.
        Best wishes, Pete.

  1. Nothing should get axed and whether separate force or part of air force I don’t know but to think war in space to affect earth is silly sci-fi is very naive and short sighted. Look at how they mocked Billy Mitchell. To ignore attack from space possibilities is to ignore “the writing on the ionosphere” so to speak. Even if it ain’t the Russians or Chinese I hear those Martians can be a pretty persnickety lot as well.

      1. I suppose space force tech and operation and R & D already going on just a matter of specificity in command . Perhaps no need for additional military bureaucracy. Perhaps an a dual purpose anti illegal border wall and overhead rocket proof wall ? “Walls are in.” We have a Wall Street in that stock market thing.

  2. If we don’t take steps to do something about Putin’s Hypersonic Missiles, we won’t have to worry about a “Space Command.” But I am sure we will take the route we were taking back in 1941 and totally ignore any threats until the smoke is rising.

  3. I have read some scary reports about what weapons the Chinese are developing to disable our satellites and communications. If true it could be a serious threat.

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