“I said maybe we need a new force. We'll call it the ‘space force’.”

Space Force lobbied by government officials with deep financial ties to the aerospace industry

#Politics

Thu, Aug 23rd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Los Angeles Times has a fascinating look at where the idea for the Space Force — a proposed sixth service — came from. Reportedly the idea did not generate from Donald Trump, has been lobbied unsuccessfully since 2016, and is looked down upon by the Air Force.

To be sure, only Congress can create a new military service, and the administration still has not said what the space force would do, what it would look like or what it would cost. The existing services — the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard — not only deploy forces. They also run war colleges, recruiting stations, security and vast contracting operations, with costs in the billions of dollars.

Vice President Mike Pence said this month that the administration would send a legislative proposal to Capitol Hill next year and aims to stand up a space force by 2020. For its part, Congress has shown little appetite for a costly new expansion of government, especially one that would cut the Air Force budget, a service with powerful backing on Capitol Hill.

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