The Pentagons Space Development Agency Space Army program faces resistance from Congress

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 The Pentagons Space Development Agency Space Army program faces resistance from Congress


Reference News Network reported on March 15 that the Pentagon officially established the Space Development Agency and appointed Fred Kennedy, a former US Air Force colonel, as its chief director.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan signed the memorandum on March 12. The memorandum states that the Space Development Agency (SDA) will be established immediately as an office under the jurisdiction of Mike Griffin, the US Deputy Defense Secretary for Research and Engineering, which will be headed by Fred Kennedy. According to his resume, Fred is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel who served as Senior Policy Adviser for National Security, Space and Aviation Affairs in the National Security and International Affairs Department of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during his presidency.

In the memorandum, Shanahan wrote: The Space Development Agency will unify and integrate the forces of the U.S. Department of Defense, identify, develop and apply innovative solutions to pre-empt future threats.

According to the report, the Director-General of the US Space Development Agency will have special employment rights for civilian staff to bring in high-quality experts and short-term employees for up to 18 months.

Shanahan and Griffin, speaking earlier about the Space Development Agency, said the agency would be at the heart of the Pentagons action in space. Shanahan said in October 2018 that if anyone wanted to do something with space assets, the Space Development Agency was the place where all of these people would go. He later said that he needed people to do the job to focus on setting common standards for the entire Department of Defense.

However, the idea was criticized by outgoing U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson. Wilson said in February that open discussions should be held on the need for a space development agency.

DATA PICTURE: The U.S. Department of Defenses Space Hijacking Satellite network scenario. (Pictures come from the Internet)

DATA PICTURE: U.S. Agent against Nahan, Changsha. (Pictures come from the Internet)

Adam Smith, chairman of the House Military Committee, said that the space force plan proposed by the Trump administration would not be approved by his committee because it was too expensive and would create more bureaucracy, according to the Weekly Defense News website on March 13.

Speaking to defense industry people at a meeting of McAllies colleagues, Smith said: This plan will be different from the White House proposal, adding three four stars will not make us stronger in space. Smith said he would work with colleagues from both parties to develop a plan that would replace the Trump administrations recommendations in general.

Just one day before Smiths comments, the Pentagon announced its budget requirements for 2020. The budget proposes to spend about $2 billion over five years to build the space force, and about 15,000 personnel transfers related to space. Smith will be in charge of the annual Defense Policy Bill of the House Military Committee and will meet with the leadership to coordinate with the Senate Defense Policy Bill. He was just one of the legislators who raised concerns about Trumps Air Force proposal on March 13. Senator Dick Durbin, a senior member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, told Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson at a hearing on the Air Force budget that the proposal must be thoroughly reviewed and carefully reviewed.

The Star-Spangled Banner website also reported on March 13 that on March 13, two important senators asked some senior Air Force officials about the need to establish a space force. They questioned the establishment of the 6th Army with $2 billion over the next five years. Senator Dick Durbin told a Capitol Hill hearing on the Air Forces budget for fiscal year 2020 that the creation of the space force would only make the Pentagons bureaucracy bloated. The Air Force budget includes $72.4 million for an internal space force headquarters and an additional four-star general to lead the agency and attend the Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting.

Durbin is a senior member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. He asked, We have to ask ourselves, are we blinded by the concept of space forces? Will this make us safer? Would it be a better defense investment to spend $2 billion on new weapons, better equipment and training operators than to build a space army? It is our duty to raise these issues together with the Military Commission. The chairman of the subcommittee, Senator Richard Shelby, said he doubted the need for a new army supported by President Trump. Like other important MPs, Shelby did not make clear whether he would eventually support the proposal.

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