James Mattis: DoD Moves Ahead With Plans for New Space Command

Defense Secretary James Mattis has said the Defense Department has initiated steps to establish a space-focused military command as part of a reorganization plan, SpaceNews reported Tuesday.

He said Tuesday at the Pentagon that DoD will use existing resources and personnel to fund and operate the proposed space command, which will be led by a four-star general.

Mattis added that DoD and Congress are “on the way ahead” when it comes to drafting a measure to facilitate the establishment of a new “space force” as the country’s sixth service branch.

Mattis made the remarks during a joint news conference with Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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