Reference News Network reported on April 13 that a Senate panel on April 11 raised a long list of reservations about Trumps plan to create a space force, a new military unit that may require $500 million a year.
The Star-Spangled Banner website reported on April 11 that at its first hearing on the proposal, the Senate Military Committee expressed doubts and concerns when meeting with senior Pentagon officials, fearing that the Space Force would eventually become a new and costly military bureaucracy.
Reported that some members of the Senate Military Committee believe that to improve the countrys space security situation, it may be better to set up a unified command than to form a new army.
Senator Angus King, from Maine, told senior military officers: I dont understand how a new service within the existing organizational structure can help us meet new challenges... Space Command makes sense, but to create a new bureaucracy that costs $500 million a year, you have to convince me that it has some added value.
However, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, outgoing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Admiral Joseph Dunford and United States Strategic Command Commander John Heiteng told members of the Military Commission that the new service is the best way to safeguard American space security.
Source: Reference Message Network Responsible Editor: Lin Chiheng_NY9285