Deborah Lee James, 23rd secretary of the United States Air Force, discusses the president’s surprise announcement of the Space Force branch and how the Pentagon will proceed in developing it.
Last month, President Trump ordered the Department of Defense to stand up a “Space Force,” a separate branch of the armed forces that would assume command of the military’s space operations. Former Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James says that after the surprise announcement, there are a few ways DoD can proceed. “As the dust is settling, there are two studies that are ongoing within the Department of Defense. These are being done by Order of the Congress. As you’ll recall, Congressman Rogers (R-AL) was very, very interested in the Space Corps proposal, so these studies are designed to bring forth data and options about how such a thing might evolve,” said James. “I do know that since the chief, the secretary, they’re all against this idea of the Space Force… they’ll probably be looking for a way to meet the president’s intent, but without tearing apart the Air Force.”