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    Not Space Corps, a new command in the Air Force, but a Space Force - the 6th branch of the US military.

    Trump didn't start this - it's been brewing since the 1980's - the question being "when?" and "how?" rather than "if."

    Threats are emerging fast, with little news coverage, and our commercial space capabilities are also expanding into forms usable by MilSpace.

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    What would the mission of the United States Space Force be?

    President Trump’s recent directive to the Defense Department to create a new branch of the military, a United States Space Force, was not an idle musing. Trump’s proposal derives from a growing debate inside military and political circles about how to best meet the threat posed to American space assets by potential enemies: Russia and China, to be precise.

    Pentagon officials are sounding the alarm that the United States is not ready for a space war. The other two great space powers have been creating the weapons to achieve an orbital Pearl Harbor, the destruction of satellites that provide the military with communications, navigation, and intelligence capabilities it will need in a war.
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    MISSIONS

    Defending the US, allies and their space assets from space-based threats, which are already emerging.

    Identifying, tracking and cleaning up space junk - derelict satellites, launch and collision debris etc.

    With other nations and companies; a space-faring version of the Coast Guard providing rescue services, enforcing space law, and helping to arbitrate disputes among nations and private entities beyond the Earth.

    Planetary defense - detecting and mitigating incoming or high risk asteroids, comets etc.
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    Interesting development. The Russians have rebranded their Military Air Force VVS to Air Space Force VKS in 2015.
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    Before too long the US will have at least 6 crew-capable spacecraft, and perhaps twice as many robotic vehicles. One is already being looked at for European use. In-space refuelling, cis-lunar and beyond-Earth travel will be baselined for at least 3 of the crew vehicles and their cargo/tanker variants. 3 companies are working on suborbital intercontinental transportation systems.

    The US is rolling commercial space operations and licencing into the Commerce Department, and FAA is extending Air Traffic Control to cover space operations.

    This s***'s getting serious.
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    Comments from Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis (USMC Ret), US Secretary of Defense



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    Space Force: Pentagon moving closer to Trumps vision

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - President Trump is all-in on having a separate military service for space. The Pentagon has been working on a study on different paths to get there. There are still many disagreements and details to be worked out. "But all that says is that we have a threat in space," said Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command.

    "We're working all those issues," Hyten said of the upcoming reforms. The important thing to keep in mind is that "we have to treat space like a warfighting domain," he said. "It's about speed, about dealing with the adversary."

    "We have huge challenges in space," Hyten insisted during a keynote speech on Tuesday at the Space & Missile Defense Symposium. The reorganization that will occur in the coming years is a necessary response to deal with "our two big adversaries Russia and China."

    A report that will put forth options for how to create a Space Force is expected to be out this week. It is now being reported that Vice President Mike Pence will share details of the reorganization on Thursday at the Pentagon. According to Fox News Kristin Fisher, Pence will "specifically lay out the need for a Space Force and the next steps for its creation."
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    Comments on Tuesday by Defense Secretary James Mattis were the closest to a direct endorsement of a Space Force that he has expressed thus far. "We are in complete alignment with the presidents concern about protecting our assets in space that contribute to our security, to our economy," Mattis told reporters. "We need to address space as a developing warfighting domain and a combatant command is certainly one thing that we can establish," he said. "This is a process we're in."
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    Space News...

    New Pentagon memo lays out action plan to establish Space Force by 2020

    WASHINGTON Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan this week issued a detailed plan for how the Pentagon will move forward to create a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces by fiscal year 2020.
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    The memo makes it clear that the space reorganization is being led from the top down. Shanahan is overseeing the entire effort,
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    The changes directed by Shanahan only apply to DoD and not to the intelligence community,...
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    The Director of National Intelligence is cc'ed in the memo.

    Shanahan's orders have short deadlines. ... the legislative proposal could arrive at the White House as early as Dec. 1, 2018.
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    A "Space Governance Committee" led by Shanahan will have the final word on any reorganization action and on the legislative proposal before it goes to the White House....

    Upcoming steps in the reorganization

    The first order of business is to stand up U.S. Space Command, a unified combatant command responsible for space.
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    The creation of a Space Development Agency also could happen relatively soon.
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    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness will organize what DoD calls "Space Operations Forces."
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    The Pentagon's chief management office will be responsible to set up a new office for an Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space...
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