The latest revelation comes as the Pentagon works to lay the groundwork for Trump’s proposed Space Force, a new sister service branch that would stand alongside the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force. However, the creation of a sixth military branch, the first in 72 years, is dependent upon congressional approval.
Unlike the creation of a Space Force, the Pentagon can establish a U.S. Space Command without input from lawmakers.
Meanwhile, the Defense Department is asking for $ 14.1 billion in its fiscal 2020 budget request to fund space operations. The $ 14.1 billion would allocate funding to several national security programs, from satellites to missile warning systems. Of the total, about $ 1.6 billion will fund improvements to space-based missile warning capabilities, a missing link in America’s layered missile defense system.
The Air Force is also seeking $ 72.4 million to establish a headquarters for Space Force.