While some question whether Virgin Galactic’s latest SpaceShipTwo test flight actually went into space, a number of government officials and industry organizations have few doubts that it did.
At the National Space Council meeting last week, Vice President Mike Pence made an impassioned case for the establishment of a Space Force. But no matter how much President Trump wants it, congressional authorization by law is required to form a new military branch.
The administration believes there is enough bipartisan support for a Space Force that it will be authorized regardless of who wins the majority in November, Vice President Mike Pence said at a Washington Post “Transformers Space” event.
A December deadline looms for the Pentagon to submit a legislative proposal to the White House on how to organize an independent military service for space. And internal battles are heating up.
Most people outside the national security community don’t think of space as a warfighting domain. But the military has regarded it as such for at least 20 years.
Since Vice President Pence was making a special trip to Colorado Springs for the Space Symposium, many attendees expected some kind of major policy announcement. They came away disappointed.
With Vice President Pence expected to make another space policy announcement April 16, industry and government officials offered their endorsement of the work the National Space Council has done since it was reconstituted last year.
President Donald Trump signed an order Dec. 11 formally directing NASA to send humans back to the moon, but provided no information on schedules or budgets for such an initiative.