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Joint Chiefs nominee backs Senate’s piecemeal approach to establish Space Force

11 Jul 2019, 20:32 UTC
Joint Chiefs nominee backs Senate’s piecemeal approach to establish Space Force
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WASHINGTON — In his confirmation hearing as President Trump’s pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Mark Milley said he agrees with the Senate’s proposal to organize the Space Force incrementally and wait a year before a new four-star commander is appointed.
Milley, who is chief of staff of the U.S. Army, will play a central role in DoD’s space reorganization if he is confirmed by the Senate as chairman of the Joint Chiefs. During his confirmation hearing Thursday in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Milley offered full-throated support for the establishment of a space service and rejected the criticism that the new branch is just an “added layer of bureaucracy.”
His endorsement of the Senate’s piecemeal approach to standing up a Space Force puts Milley at odds with what the Pentagon proposed. In its version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, the Senate rejected DoD’s plan to establish a service headquarters led by two four-star generals and an undersecretary of the Air Force for space. The Senate Armed Services Committee thought that was too much too soon. Instead it directed a one-year transition during which the Space Force would ...

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