Defense Secretary James Mattis said in August that the Pentagon's cost estimate process is "underway now", speaking at his first press conference since Trump tasked the Pentagon to create the new sister service branch. The Air Force now has just over 320,000 active-duty personnel, according to the Air Force's Personnel Center.
The president may have to appease critics by altering or watering down his plan, or boosting other branches of the military, to get his space force through Congress. "This proposal places the priority squarely on lethality and rapidly fielding space capabilities".
Pushback continues to build against the idea of a Space Force, with the Air Force Association, or AFA, being the latest to disparage the proposal.
"While the Air Force is driving forward, restoring the readiness and lethality of the force, buying things faster and smarter and strengthening our space forces-in the end, the most important thing we have is people", she said. "Our adversaries know it, and they're developing the capabilities to deny us the use of space in crisis or war and we are determined that that not be allowed to happen".
"We have the Air Force, we'll have the Space Force", Trump told an audience of service members at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The legislative debate won't begin until next year, when the administration has said it will send a formal legislative proposal to Capitol Hill.
An internal Air Force memo put the cost of establishing a space force at nearly $13 billion over its first five years, the Associated Press reported.
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The Air Force plan calls for creating a space force headquarters by 2020 and making it fully operational by the following year, headed by a secretary of the space force and a four-star uniformed chief of the service, who would join the current Joint Chiefs.
"Sometimes it is hard to see the sweep of history when we are just trying to get today's work done", Wilson said. Yet the U.S.is already the top dog in the great beyond.
AFA is a non-profit organization dedicated to "dominant air, space, and cyberspace power, a strong national defense" as well as supporting the men and women of the Air Force and aerospace education. Because of this, the Air Force must focus on readiness and acquisition to prepare for present and future operations.
The Air Force is also working hard to recover from its maintainer shortage.
About one-sixth of USA federal spending goes to defense, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
The Air Force's pathfinder software lab, Kessel Run for the Combined Air Operations Center during military events, has proved the Defense Department can do continuous software updates, such as extreme programming and test-driven development, providing a template for other programs. He proposed creating a Space Development Agency to oversee satellite acquisition, and establishing a new top-level position in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
The US Air Force has led the Armed Forces in establishing America's space capability such that it is unrivaled in the world.