Top Senate Democrat: Space Force is 'not the way to go'

Top Senate Democrat: Space Force is 'not the way to go'
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The ranking member of the Senate’s Armed Services Committee on Sunday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE’s proposed “Space Force” is “not the way to go,” calling instead for a reorganization of the country’s existing military branches and their efforts in space.

Sen. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedPapering over climate change impacts is indefensible Why Democrats are pushing for a new nuclear policy GOP chairman: US military may have to intervene in Venezuela if Russia does MORE (D-R.I.) said on “FOX News Sunday” that the United States should reorganize its military branches “because our threats are now in multiple dimensions.”

“But I think creating a separate service with all of the infrastructure and the bureaucracy is not the way to go,” Reed said.

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Instead, Reed called for the country to unify its current efforts, saying that each of the military branches “has some sort of connection to space.”

Reed’s comments come after Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceChina accuses US of trying to block development after Pence Huawei comments Kamala Harris shopping trip stirs Twitter campaign trail debate Pence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech MORE announced plans to create a “Space Force,” a new military branch that would focus on space as a warfighting domain. The branch, which is set to be established by 2020, would require congressional approval.

In June, Trump directed the Pentagon to “begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.”

Pence said last Thursday that the Space Force would “not be built from scratch” and would use individuals working on U.S. space programs for existing military branches.

"America will always seek peace, in space as on the earth, but history proves that peace only comes through strength,” Pence said last week. “And in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength in the years ahead."