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James Mattis: Trump’s Space Force Plan Needs Legislative Action

James Mattis

Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that President Donald Trump’s proposal for the U.S. military to establish a space force will require detailed planning and legislation prior to its formation, The Hill reported Wednesday.

Mattis, a 2018 Wash100 recipient, told reporters Wednesday that Defense Department officials plan to discuss the matter at their meeting with National Security Adviser John Bolton on Friday.

“We’ve clearly got to start the process,” he added.

His remarks came two days after President Trump announced plans to issue a directive for the sixth military branch as part of efforts to maintain U.S.’ advantage in space.

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