Patrick Shanahan, Acting Defense Secretary, the U.S., this week sent a governmental proposal to Capitol Hill. It as well included a “strategic summary” of how the Pentagon intends to set the U.S. Space Force as a separate military branch. The information was emailed to Senate Armed Services Committees and the staff directors of the House, plus the House and Senate Appropriations defense subcommittees.
The plan is the conclusion eight months of value since the U.S. President Trump asked the Pentagon to draw up a strategy to form a Space Force. Shanahan already had been assigned by Congress as the point man for the space restructuring. He has supervised each step of the process. Now that the plan has been put forward to Congress, Department of Defense (DoD) faces what could be a harder-than-anticipated situation, communicating the strategy to Congress and the civic. One of the challenges for DoD is supposed to be to argue that Congress should approve a Space Force for reasons of national security, not just to assure the commander-in-chief’s instruction.
On a similar note, the U.S. military came into the news as it aims to embrace a scaled-back edition of its yearly spring training exercise with South Korean troops in March 2019, according to Pentagon officials’ statement this week. This statement was released following the 2nd meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. The meeting unexpectedly ended with no nuclear deal.
The concurrent, command-level exercises have long been identified as Foal Eagle and Key Resolve. They were planned to continue as intended on a scaled-back stage designed to continue military readiness without grabbing the attention from the North Koreans, two defense officials proclaimed this week. One of the officials, on a condition of secrecy, proclaimed that the Pentagon was, for now, shifting forward “status quo” following Kim and Trump. It left their meeting in Vietnam early without a novel agreement to close the North’s nuclear programs.