The proposal to create a new Space Force as a sixth branch of the USA military has drawn a lot of buzz (as well as approval from Buzz Aldrin) since President Donald Trump first announced the plan in June and Vice President Mike Pence supplied more detail in August.
The main driver behind the creation of a Space Force is the idea that the U.S. Air Force is unable to provide as much capability in space as an independent and specialized service would provide.
The memo, which was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, represents a fundamental shift for Wilson, who opposed creating a space force until Trump publicly embraced the concept in June.
The forthcoming Space Force will need to start small-limited headquarters, limited red tape, and a large focus on accomplishing the mission by "doing no harm" to how the Air Force has handled the domain, the Pentagon's No. 2 civilian said Wednesday.
A copy of the Air Force memo was obtained Monday by The Associated Press.
Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein noted that was different from the typical question of what is the best Air Force that the United States can afford, given current budget priorities. They say the force is needed because Russia, China and other US adversaries are building anti-satellite and other weapons that could threaten the USA military's dominance in space.
"The Air Force is more ready for major combat operations today than we were two years ago", Wilson said.
The US Air Force needs to grow and expand.
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Air Force photograph by Tech. She estimated the cost at $12.9 billion over five years.
AFA is a non-profit organization dedicated to "dominant air, space, and cyberspace power, a strong national defense" as well as supporting the men and women of the Air Force and aerospace education.
The Air Force plan also proposes shifting the National Reconnaissance Office, an intelligence agency that is responsible for designing, launching and operating spy satellites, into the new service.
Shanahan said there was no road map to creating a new service branch since that last time it occurred was with the Air Force in 1947.
About one-sixth of USA federal spending goes to defense, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Vice President Mike Pence released a report spearheaded by Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan on August 9 that outlined the steps toward a Space Force.
The Secretary of the Air Force "cited growing threats from Russian Federation and China" as reasons for the increase. The Air, Space and Cyber Conference is a professional development conference that offers an opportunity for Department of Defense personnel to participate in forums, speeches, seminars and workshops.
She specifically drew attention to the advances these countries have made in electronic warfare, hypersonics, and testing and said that the Air Force is responding by growing the force at a faster pace than in previous years. That is especially critical in space programs, she said, because the operators have to be able to influence equipment design.