Congress set to approve Space Force next month, hold up centers around name
The long-awaited U.S. Space Force may soon have Congressional approval, making it the newest military branch to be created in over 70 years.
Both the House and the Senate have proposed plans for Space Force in different versions of the annual defense bill, the new space-based defense branch would cover a vulnerable military front- one that can make or break battles fought on land, sea or in the air.
With America’s satellite network dangerously exposed, the addition of the Space Force would provide a more robust defense system to protect the vulnerable network that the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps depend on for everything from navigation to data relay.
According to NPR, many on Capitol Hill are ready to lift off.
“I’m excited that it looks like we’ll be able to have, really, the birth of a new service for the first time in 70 years,” said Democratic Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper. “Each warfighting domain should have its own capabilities.”
It appears the first step is to get the name right. The House wishes to dub the new service the Space Corps, while the Senate believes that Space Force is a more appropriate moniker.
With a similar relationship akin to the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps, the Space Force would fall under the U.S. Air Force, who would take on the responsibilities of being the parent organization.
Several states have been suggested for the home of the Space Force Headquarters, including Colorado, Florida, and California.
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