DoD Wants to Borrow Personnel, Resources From Armed Forces to Support Space Force

The Pentagon wants to transfer personnel, programs and other resources from the armed forces to the proposed Space Force once it's created under the Department of the Air Force, SpaceNews reported Thursday. The Department of Defense plans to request for Congress to grant the secretary of defense “special temporary authorities” to supply the new service the resources and workforce it would need to begin initial operations.

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DoD announced the plan in its updated draft proposal to establish the Space Force. The White House Office of Management and Budget has yet to approve the document before it moves to lawmakers for review. The proposed special authorities for the defense secretary would allow the official to task officers and enlisted members, in particular, those with space-focused occupations, from other service branches to serve the Space Force.

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DoD intends to provide the new service with up to 15,000 personnel once it's fully operational. The Pentagon also wants to give its secretary the authority to direct the transfer of equipment, supplies and records from other military departments or components to the Department of the Air Force to support the Space Force. 

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