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On June 18, 2018, President Donald Trump directed the Pentagon to begin planning for a Space Force: a 6th independent military service branch to undertake missions and operations in the rapidly evolving space domain. The U.S. Space Force would be the first new military service in more than 70 years, following the establishment of the U.S. Air Force in 1947.
Vice President Mike Pence and the Department of Defense released more details about the planned force on Aug. 9, 2018, citing plans to create a separate combatant command, U.S. Space Command, in addition to an independent service overseen by a civilian secretary, all by 2020.
The Department of Defense forwarded a Space Force proposal to Congress, on March 1, 2019, calling for a service that would fall under the Air Force in the same way the Marine Corps falls under the Department of the Navy. The proposal also included the designation of a new position: undersecretary of the Air Force for space, a civilian position that would answer to the secretary of the Air Force and oversee U.S. Space Force. Officials estimated the creation of a new service would cost $2 billion over five years, and require 15,000 personnel.
On Aug. 29, 2019, the Pentagon activated U.S. Space Command, a new U.S. combatant command led by Air Force Gen. John "Jay" Raymond, intended to serve as a precursor to U.S. Space Force. The Pentagon had a U.S. Space Command from 1985 to 2002, but it had a far more limited scope and was not a geographic combatant command.
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"Space Force" isn't "The Office in Outer Space" show that the internet expected.
The first Space Force ad, revealed earlier this month, gave viewers a glimpse into what a Space Force job might look like.
The agency, natch, is announced in a Tweet promising to put "boobs (sic) on the moon by 2024."
What are we going to call the collective members of America's newest military branch?
But some lawmakers aren't happy. "This is worse than a boondoggle. It's a moondoggle," one said.
It’s the sixth flight of an X-37B, a solar-powered plane that's flown by remote control without a crew.
Congressional leaders had mixed responses to the Pentagon's latest move to extend its search.
The flag bears the image of the Space Force seal, and Gen. Raymond noted that the North star is uppermost on the design.
The process has so far targeted airmen who are already executing missions needed in the Space Force.