Trump signs new directive calling on Space Force to be part of the Air Force

Today, President Trump has signed the fourth space policy guideline aimed at making the infamous space force he promoted since last summer. However, the scope of the space force has been reduced. The new policy directive will make the space station the sixth point within the US Air Force, not an independent division.

Trump directed the Pentagon to set up a space force in June 2018 to make an astonishing announcement during a June 2018 meeting in June 2018. National Space Commission. At the time, he argued that the organization would become the new sixth branch of the army. "We will have air force, and we will have separate but equally space forces," Trump said at the time. "It will be very important." The Pentagon official is then discussing exactly how and how to build this new branch.

But ultimately legislative legislation is needed to create a new military branch, and lawmakers have voiced opposition to building an independent space force. Now, after months of controversy within the Department of Defense, the Trump Administration is suggesting that the Air Force, as well as how the Navy operates in the US Navy, will first create a space force within the Air Force. This directive requires the creation of a new position to report to the Air Force Secretary in accordance with the draft Guidelines obtained by Space News . However, the administration expects the plan to be a "first step" to create a separate space force at some point.

Despite these changes, Congress still needs to agree on the idea and provide funds for restructuring. But it may be easier for the US administration to obtain Congressional approval for the space force if it is made within the air force, which is already responsible for overseeing much of the military's most important satellite missions. "The Pentagon has discussed what the details are and what it is actually possible for Congress to pass, and what can actually lead to positive change?" Brian Weeden Space Business and Policy Program Planning at the Secure World Foundation Focused on The Verge.

There was once a proposal similar to President's instructions. Representatives Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Jim Cooper (D-TN) in 2017 are Space Corps who oversees the activities of the military in the Air Force. They argued that many satellites in outer space were vulnerable and that the Air Force was responsible for these American space assets, while the chapters had many other concerns. Rogers and Cooper argued that reconfiguring the air force and organizing space corps could guarantee the safety of the satellite and carry out its new mission.

There was bipartisan support for this proposal, and the House passed the proposal. Ultimately, however, it was not included in the 2018 Final Defense Certification Act, which details the Department's priorities and budgets. In fact, members of the Trump Administration opposed the Space Corps at that time . Former Defense Secretary James Mattis insisted that "we will create additional organizational strands when we focus on reducing overhead and integrating joint combat efforts."

After the idea of ​​the space corps was shot down, Congress decided to delegate research to find the best way to reconstruct the military's space effort. As it progressed, Trump was fascinated with the idea of ​​the Space Force and the Department of Defense had to figure out the details of the proposed new army.

Since the idea of ​​the space corps was received at the congress, at first this new concept of space force could be more delicious for members of the opposition against completely separate branches. In addition, departments within the Air Force theoretically require less cost and initial costs than the creation of independent space forces. Especially since there are many soldiers in charge of space missions already in the air force. "The biggest advantage is that we can avoid many overhead issues," says Weeden. "Creating an entirely new department creates a tremendous amount of overhead for resources and people."

The BCA will apply a spending ceiling to the federal budget in 2011. The council agreed to temporarily abandon the gate for two years in 2018, If you can not figure out how to do it, you will be limited in how well the government budget will be. Applying this scenario to a costly new military base probably did not fly. "If Congress does not do anything, "Weeden says,"

Still the fate of this new space force is not Times will remain pending until you decide whether or not to act in accordance with this Directive. The administration will announce details of how it thinks the space force should fund in the annual budget scheduled for mid-March.

4PM ET: Updated February 19 In order to clarify the distinction between the Air Force branch and the space division as a separate department

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