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The next frontier: Time to create a new military branch for space?

By tom On Wednesday, January 17 th, 2018 · no Comments · In And more news stories ,News stories ,Writing

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon should develop a new branch of military service — or at least a robust stand-alone corps within the Air Force — to boost space warfare and protections, a growing number of military analysts and members of Congress are saying.

Some say the change could occur within five years, as momentum is growing in Congress for such a major change.

“I think you can make a transition to a space corps within the Department of the Air Force probably, you know, in five years or so,” Todd Harrison, director of Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said Wednesday at the organization’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. “That would be a reasonable timeline in which you could accomplish that. You know, maybe a little more, little less depending on how aggressive you want to be.”

The scope of space warfare includes ground-to-space warfare  such as attacking satellites from the Earth  as well as space-to-space warfare such as satellites attacking satellites.

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