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 TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate 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 ReedNew York Times: Trump mulling whether to replace Mattis after midterms Overnight Defense: Biden honors McCain at Phoenix memorial service | US considers sending captured ISIS fighters to Gitmo and Iraq | Senators press Trump on ending Yemen civil war Senators press Trump administration on Yemen civil war 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 PenceIndiana sisters with history of opposing Pence donate millions to Dems Hillicon Valley: Trump signs off on sanctions for election meddlers | Russian hacker pleads guilty over botnet | Reddit bans QAnon forum | FCC delays review of T-Mobile, Sprint merger | EU approves controversial copyright law Overnight Defense: Trump marks 9/11 anniversary | Mattis says Assad 'has been warned' on chemical weapons | US identifies first remains of returned Korean war troops 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."