Jack Reed

Space Force would be by far the smallest military service

Space Force would be by far the smallest military service

The Trump administration's proposed Space Force, which faces an uncertain fate in Congress, would be the smallest military service — by far.

Details of the Pentagon's proposal released Friday show the new service would have about 15,000 personnel, including an unspecified number of civilians, but would begin in 2020 as only a headquarters of about 200. The proposal was submitted Wednesday to Congress, which must authorize the new service.

Space Force would be the first new military service since an independent Air Force was established in 1947 as part of a broad reorganization of the government's military and intelligence agencies.

Space Force would reside within the...

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