On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a $738 billion bill that would start funding President Trump’s much-cherished Space force.
The U.S. Space Force would take some existing personnel and shift them to the Space Force, which would become a new branch of the military, as The Daily Mail reported.
President @realDonaldTrump made a promise to the American people that our Nation will maintain leadership in space and the agreement reached on the NDAA marks a historic step by establishing the sixth branch of the military, the Space Force! Promises Made, Promises Kept!— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) December 11, 2019
Cooper added that the Air Force has been neglecting its mission in space and the new Space Force will shift the focus and give space the attention it demands.
The Hill reported, “Space Force would be housed in the Department of the Air Force in a structure similar to the Marine Corps’s relationship to the Department of the Navy. The service would be led by the chief of space operations, who would report directly to the secretary of the Air Force and become a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.”
Rogers and Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) “wrote the language to establish a Space Corps under the Department of the Air Force in the 2018 NDAA but their bill was defeated in the House-Senate conference,” as Space News reported. Cooper said, “This is like the birth of a new baby, Its mother is the Air Force for some time. But this child will grow up to be independent. It is just going to take some time.”