While President Donald Trump wanted a separate branch of the US Military for the US Space Force?
Inside the Pentagon ?
THAT was a nonstarter….
It was pointed out here that Congress has the final say on designating the branches of the military and the those in Congress went with the Pentagon’s wishes to consolidate under the ubrembella of the Air Force which ALREADY HAS a Space Command….
The Politics with Congress, The Pentagon and the Trump admin came down to cost and NOT reinventing the wheel….(The Navy/Marines operation will be the model followed)
AT least one agency in the intelligence community, The NRO/The National Reconnaissance Office, will NOT be sent to the Space Force Command, even though they ARE staffed partly by the military…..
The final version of that proposal is expected to go to lawmakers as soon as Feb. 25, in advance of the White House’s 2020 budget request, which is expected on Capitol Hill in mid-March. A separate space policy directive being prepped for Trump’s signature, known as SPD-4, also describes the Space Force as being part of the Air Force.
Navy Secretary Richard Spencer oversees the Marine Corps. The proposal also calls for creating a Space Force undersecretary below Wilson, along with two four-star billets: a chief of staff who would be a member of the Joint Chiefs, and a vice chief of staff.
Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford were also said to share Wilson’s reluctance to create a full separate service. But in the past few months, several defense and administration officials acknowledged a larger embracing of the issues, largely because the proposal limits the creation of new bureaucracy. The officials all spoke on the condition of anonymity to candidly discuss the Space Force proposal, which still hasn’t been completely finalized.
“This is the ‘Department of Get Stuff Done’,” Shanahan said during the Jan. 17 release of the administration’s Missile Defense Review as Trump stood just off stage right. The acting secretary called the Space Force part of the missile defense mission. The following week, Shanahan said he would be working on the Space Force planning with Wilson and Mike Griffin, the defense undersecretary for research and engineering who is leading the effort to create a Space Development Agency to oversee the Pentagon’s new satellite projects…..
There is NO mention in the above piece about another joint Defense.Intelligence Community agency….. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)…