Space Force Would Cost $13 Billion Over 5 Years: Air Force - NBC 6 South Florida
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Space Force Would Cost $13 Billion Over 5 Years: Air Force

Creation of Space Force as a separate military service will require congressional action

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    'No Place Like Space’: Trump Calls for Creation of ‘Space Force’

    At a National Space Council Meeting Monday President Donald Trump announced new measures aimed at reclaiming U.S. leadership in space. (Published Monday, June 18, 2018)

    Creating a Space Force as a separate military service, as proposed by President Donald Trump, would cost an estimated $12.9 billion in its first five years, according to a detailed Air Force plan for how to go about it.

    This is the first publicly available cost estimate. When the White House announced plans to establish a Space Force in August, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan declined to give a figure but said it would be in "the billions."

    The Air Force's estimate is contained in a Sept. 14 memo from Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, who proposed that the Pentagon ask Congress for the authority and money to establish a Space Force headquarters in 2020.

    "The President has clearly communicated his desire for a military department for space," she wrote. "Strategic competition with Russia and China is the focus of our approach."

    Trump Proposes Space Force

    [NATL] Trump Proposes Space Force

    While speaking to military personnel in San Diego, President Donald Trump proposed a military space force that would change the course of U.S. space policy.

    (Published Tuesday, March 13, 2018)

    Creation of Space Force as a separate military service will require congressional action. The administration is expected to submit proposed legislation early next year authorizing the establishment of a Space Force.

    A copy of the Air Force memo was obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

    The memo says the first-year cost of a Space Force would be $3.3 billion, and the cost over five years would be an estimated $12.9 billion.

    In an indication of the complexities of creating a new military service, the Air Force says the proposed U.S. Space Force would be a separate department organized under a civilian secretary appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate, along with an undersecretary, four assistant secretaries, a chief lawyer, an inspector general and a legislative liaison. A four-star general would serve as chief of staff.

    The proposal said the missions of Space Force would include missile defense. More broadly, it would be "responsible for the preparation of forces necessary for the effective prosecution of war."

    In June, Trump directed the Pentagon to create a "separate but equal" space force. In August, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the administration will work with Congress to come up with a workable approach. The last time the U.S. created a new military service was in 1947 when the Air Force was established as an independent service.

    Pence Outlines New 'Space Force' Military Branch

    [NATL] Pence Outlines New 'Space Force' Military Branch

    Vice-President Mike Pence outlined plans for a brand new branch of the United States military - the space force. Pence cited President Donald Trump's calls for American dominance in space, pointing to competing superpowers Russia and China as clear threats to American interests. 

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018)