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Pentagon redoing space defenses, but will Trump demand more?

August 03, 2018 - 3:52 pm

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wants a Space Force, a new military service he says is needed to ensure American dominance in space. But the idea is falling flat at the Pentagon, where the president's defense chief, Jim Mattis, has said it would add burdensome bureaucracy and unwanted costs.

The Pentagon acknowledges a need to revamp its much-criticized approach to defending U.S. economic and security interests in space, and it is moving in that direction.

But it's unclear whether this will satisfy Trump, who wants to go even further by creating a separate military space service.

The administration intends to announce next week the results of a Pentagon study that is expected to call for creating a U.S. Space Command — and making other organizational changes short of establishing a separate service.

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