Defense Sec mattis is setting up a meeting in which he will present to his boss President Trump a request to form a new military command ….
That command will be named the Space Force….
The current Space operations in the US Military is handled by the US Air Force….
Mattis has notified Congress (And Trump) , which has the final say on a possible Space Force as a separate branch of the military …..
Congress has advised that IT wants the Air Force to continue to lead the effort….
A Democratic House would be the end of this for sure…
(Republicans in Congress and the Air Force , aren’t too keen on Trump’s wish either)
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has asked President Trump to approve the creation of a new military headquarters for space warfare, as Pentagon officials proposed earlier this summer.
The request is the latest in a series of bureaucratic moves made inside the Pentagon in recent weeks that set the stage for the Defense Department’s formal proposal early next year to establish a Space Force — a sixth branch of the military.
The request to create U.S. Space Command also comes ahead of a White House space-focused meeting next week hosted by Vice President Mike Pence. A number of cabinet secretaries, including Mattis, are expected to attend, Military.com reported Thursday.
In an Oct. 5 memo to the president, Mattis asks his boss to formally establish U.S. Space Command, which would be the U.S.military’s 11th combatant command. Mattis also asks Trump to nominate a four-star general or admiral to lead the command, and a three-star to be his or her deputy commander. Defense Onereviewed a copy of the memo.
The Pentagon, in an Aug. 9 report to Congress, recommended the head of Air Force Space Command be “dual-hatted” as commander of the U.S. Space Command. However, “subsequent commanders will be single-hatted.”
Once the U.S. Space Command head is confirmed, Mattis recommends the president shift space operations from U.S.Strategic Command — which currently oversees these duties — to the new command.
Among the barriers to its formal establishment: Congress. In the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, lawmakers called onthe Pentagon to stand up Space Command as a subordinate to Strategic Command…..