Trump's Space Force could cost almost $13B in first 5 years

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Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 6, 2017.

Increasing the number of operational squads would require about 40,000 service members in addition to the current growth estimate, and a cost estimate is now incomplete. When the White House announced plans to establish a Space Force in August, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan declined to give a figure but said it would be in "the billions".

"The President has clearly communicated his desire for a military department for space", she wrote.

Addressing reporters ahead of a speech which would set out her arguments in detail, she said: "The Air Force is too small for what the nation is asking us to do".

Wilson also pushed back on a recent Pentagon proposal to create a senior civilian defense post to oversee the creation of a Space Force, calling it a detour and saying it "is not in line" with President Donald Trump's intent to create a new military branch focused on space. Legislation is only expected next year, and Congress will need to give it the all-clear.


"This would build the foundation of the new department first, allowing us to transfer personnel and programs in FY21 after Congressional approval", she wrote in a memo dated September 14, the network reported.

The memo says the first-year cost of a Space Force would be $3.3 billion, and the cost over five years would be an estimated $12.9 billion.

Wilson and General David Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff, described a complex array of challenges including extremist movements, cyber threats, a resurgent Russian Federation and, most importantly, China's rapidly improving air capacity.

Opening the Air Force Association's three-day annual conference on Monday at National Harbor in Maryland, Wilson said the service needs to grow to 386 operational squadrons by around 2025-2030, compared with the 312 it has today. More broadly, it would be "responsible for the preparation of forces necessary for the effective prosecution of war". It also calls for the next director of the National Reconnaissance Office to serve simultaneously as the director of the Air Force Space Rapid Capabilities Office to establish "unit of command for these organizations".

The U.S. Air Force had 401 squadrons in 1987, at the peak of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

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