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In the US, called the number of formed military space forces

The US military space forces — the structure promoted by the Trump administration, and whose fate has not yet been determined in the light of the upcoming congressional hearings — can become the smallest service in the ranks of this country's armed forces.

Details of the Pentagon’s proposal, published on Friday, show that the 15 service will include 000 people (including an unspecified number of civilians) as part of the new structure, but everything will start in the 2020 year with 200 specialists who will be the backbone of the staff structure. The proposal was submitted on Wednesday to Congress, which should authorize the creation of the Military Space Forces.

The military and space forces will be the first new military service after the creation of independent Air Force in 1947 as part of a broad reorganization of government military and intelligence agencies.

The US Air Force will become part of the Department of the Air Force, just as the Marine Corps is part of the Department of the Navy Fleet. The chief of staff is a four-star general (the highest military rank of the highest officer of the United States Armed Forces), who will report to the United States Air Force Secretary, whose position is currently held by Heather Wilson.

At the moment, the smallest unit of the US armed forces is the Coast Guard, which has about 40 000 military personnel and is part of the Department of National Security. Next to him is the Marine Corps, in which 186 000 man. Most of the man serves in the Army, with 487 500 military personnel.

President Donald Trump pushed the Pentagon to create the Military Space Forces, which will be “separate but equal” to other military services, the structure. His first secretary of defense, Jim Mattis, was initially cold with this idea, opposing the addition of new, costly layers of bureaucracy.

Critics questioned the need to create Space Forces as a separate structure, noting that a relatively small number of people are required to perform the tasks facing the service. The Pentagon, in turn, argues that a separate structure will give space issues more weight in the armed forces and create a special space culture and experience.

The plan presented to Congress provides for the phased deployment of space forces over a period of five years, starting with the budget year 2020. This will cost 2 a billion US dollars in expenditure in excess of funds spent on existing military space activities. Many of the details of the new service are still to be worked out, including the question of whether it will have its own training camp for recruits and its own design uniform.

Not all government activities related to space will be subordinated to the new structure. So, for example, it will not gain control of the Pentagon’s anti-missile defense agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the structures of the CIA that control reconnaissance satellites in space.

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan issued a written statement calling the formation of the new service “historical a moment for the nation, ”ensuring that the US can“ compete, deter, and, if necessary, win in this complex area. ” He attributed to Trump "a bold vision of space."

Although many in Congress support organizational changes aimed at increasing the potential of the US space defense, some key members of the Senate and Congress, both from Democrats and Republicans, doubt the feasibility of creating a separate department.
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  1. AshiSolo
    AshiSolo 6 March 2019 11: 30
    Oooh, the Americans decided that they also needed videoconferencing :) Our enviously looked askance at the "National Guard", the USA on the videoconferencing, now everything is normal. It resembles computer games, where one saw another's badge or title and decided to have such a charm too at any cost.
    1. Teberii
      Teberii 6 March 2019 11: 52
      SOI take two.
      1. another RUSICH
        another RUSICH 6 March 2019 11: 56
        The ISS will soon cease to exist, and in the future, individual space exploration is expected. And this will lead to its militarization. Wangyu: 5-10 years old and something militaristic will appear in orbits except for spies
        1. Hort
          Hort 6 March 2019 13: 03
          individual space exploration outside the orbit will not be pulled by any country on our ball.
          Full expansion is possible only by joint efforts. It’s only a pity that this is still unrealistic
          1. another RUSICH
            another RUSICH 6 March 2019 13: 45
            I'm not talking about Deep Space. I'm talking about orbiting automatic military stations. There are all the challenges for this: ours already ordered something similar with a nuclear installation
    2. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 6 March 2019 11: 54
      They, unlike the VKS, will not have airplanes in the space forces.
      Only all sorts of space shuttles and military satellites.
      1. AshiSolo
        AshiSolo 6 March 2019 12: 06
        Well, suppose the Shuttles will be gone. Drones - most likely. There is a slippery topic. If drones themselves can return to the ground for maintenance, then shuttles are not needed. But if you expand the constellation of satellites, then they become necessary again. Xs that they will get cheaper. I, personally, pull into drones. Very convenient and technology already allows.

        PS: and all the same, they ripped off the videoconferencing :)))
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh 6 March 2019 12: 10
          There are shuttles. X-37. Fly. One is currently jumping from orbit into orbit above your head.
          Space forces have no relation to drones. UAVs belong to the Air Force.
          1. AshiSolo
            AshiSolo 6 March 2019 13: 39
            Hmm ... It was about the X-37 as a drone that I spoke about. Or do you have information that the pilot is vegetating there? As for your expression "space shuttle", you will forgive me - this is the name of a particular system that is out of service and is too expensive for such purposes. And the X-37 can hardly be called a "shuttle" with all the desire. The goals are not the same. It shouldn't be running back and forth regularly. He goes into orbit, hangs the due date and returns for maintenance. This is a drone and not a "shuttle".
            1. voyaka uh
              voyaka uh 6 March 2019 13: 43
              "It goes into orbit, the due date hangs" ////
              He is not hanging. He moves, and very unpredictably. Amateur astronomers from different hemispheres follow him out of sports interest, exchanging information. And then, he was lost several times.
              And your terminology: drone = satellite, I just did not understand how you wash mine drinks
              1. AshiSolo
                AshiSolo 6 March 2019 13: 50
                Well, it "hangs" figuratively. And xs how will it be with the serial. Will they be "hung" in orbits or driven back and forth. Here again there are more questions than answers.
                Can one such device carry enough weapons to be a real threat against the background of what is already deployed on the ground? And if not, how many are needed? And if you need them with a hundred, then satellites in constant orbits will not be cheaper?

                It's just that if our people like to do something that will definitely be in demand, even if not now, then your "bosoms" love to invest in all possible options, even if they do not plan to use it. Fortunately, money allows, yes ...
  2. Tank jacket
    Tank jacket 6 March 2019 11: 58
    A long time ago,
    in a distant, distant galaxy ....
    Episode II
    CLOCK ATTACK laughing
  3. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 6 March 2019 12: 04
    “A historical moment for the nation”
    The Minister of Defense directly praised the creation of what has yet to be created in Trump's way. Recently, in the United States, "historical moments" are directly superimposed on one another. You can't forbid living on a large scale.
    1. abrakadabre
      abrakadabre 7 March 2019 07: 25
      Recently, in the United States, "historical moments" are directly superimposed on one another.
      Strictly speaking, even going to the pot is also a historical moment. That's just the significance of this moment for all of humanity as a whole is scanty. And yes, a moment ... historical ... Who will deny?
  4. Ravil_Asnafovich
    Ravil_Asnafovich 6 March 2019 12: 31
    And the commander will be appointed Bruce Willis!
  5. Vita vko
    Vita vko 6 March 2019 12: 34
    members of the Senate and Congress, both on the part of the Democrats and the Republicans, doubt the advisability of creating a separate department.
    The Pentagon's space program contracts total tens of billions of dollars. Naturally, no one wants to give even a small part of the profit for budget financing. In addition, the lack of engineering and technical personnel and the low level of technical training of the American military simply will not allow creating a normal structure - "money cannot buy brains."