FILE - In this July 30, 2018, file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis attends a swearing in ceremony for Robert Wilkie as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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President Donald Trump wants a Space Force, a new military service he says is needed to ensure U.S. dominance in space.The administration intends to announce this week the results of a Pentagon study that is expected to call for creating a new military command – U.S. Space Command – to consolidate space warfighting forces and making other organizational changes short of establishing a separate service, which only Congress can do. The command would coordinate the use of space forces of existing services, such as those that operate military satellites, but would not be a separate service.Trump mentioned as recently as Tuesday that he had ordered the Pentagon to begin the process of creating a Space Force as a new branch of the military, but he did not repeat the phrase he used in June – a "separate but equal" service. That may open the possibility of the Pentagon proposing to establish a cadre of space experts that would be part of a space "corps" attached to the Air Force rather than as a separate service.Deborah James, who was the civilian leader of the Air Force for the final three years of the Obama administration, said at a think tank forum last Monday that creating a separate Space Force does not address the legitimate concerns about U.S. space defenses.
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