Pres. Trump signs order to create US Space Command

Pres. Trump signs order to create US Space Command

"The most compelling justification for an independent service for space is on the personnel side", said Todd Harrison, director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The new Space Command will be only the 11th combined combatant command, joining the ranks of Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, and Special Operations Command, which oversees elite troops known as Special Operations Forces.

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.

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The official said the White House will also label Space Command "a significant step in creating a separate and distinct Space Force".

Vice President Mike Pence announces the revival of the US Space Command in Florida.

A USA intelligence report from earlier this year claimed Russian Federation and China were pursuing "non-destructive and destructive" anti-satellite space weapons.

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A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket, stands ready at space launch complex 40, shortly before the launch was scrubbed because of a technical issue at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Dec. 18, 2018.

"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.

The move will recreate a US Space Command, which existed from 1985 to 2002.

Space Command will pull about 600 staff from existing military space offices, and then add at least another 1,000 over the coming years, the Associated Press quoted an unidentified US official as saying.

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. The vice president said the military will use the foundation provided by the Air Force, which has been "a magnificent steward of our military space capabilities" and build on that with "space professionals from every branch".

A Pentagon report released in August said the new command will "improve and evolve space warfighting", focusing on doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures, making it akin to Special Operations Command, which provides a similar function for US Special Operations Forces, such as US Navy SEALs and Army Special Forces. "We're working as we speak with leaders in both parties in Congress".

The Air Force previously estimated that the Space Force could cost $13 billion in its first five years, though Deputy Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan has argued that the price tag would be significantly lower, potentially falling under $5 billion.

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