U.S. Defense officials lay out plans for Space Force

SpaceDaily.com reports: “Top Defense Department officials have detailed plans to develop the Space Force, including a massive network of satellites, recognizing that the ‘status quo is not sufficient’ to confront adversaries in outer space.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan on Thursday appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee with Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson; and Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command.

For the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, Shanahan asked the committee to authorize the U.S. Space Force in the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

‘America has enduring interests in space,’ Shanahan said. ‘And just as the U.S. Navy ensures freedom of navigation of the seas, America’s Space Force must now ensure the freedom to navigate the stars.’…”

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