Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla) isn’t influenced that the power of space proposed by President Trump is essential and leaving the topic out of his top priorities for the upcoming bill on defense policy.
Inhofe who is soon to be a counterpart of the house, opposed the idea of a new military wing, the senator’s uncertainty is threatening a plan that Trump wants to create by 2020.
Inhofe, a strong supporter of Trump, individually informed journalists about their priorities for their commission next year and outlined in a two-page document. There is no mentioning of Space Force in the document. In a recent interview with The Hill, Inhofe stated that he didn’t add trump priorities in the list, saying that Space Force was not needed until the Pentagon proved otherwise.
In June, the Pentagon ordered Trump to create a Space Force in August, followed by Vice President Pence, which the government plans to be described as the sixth branch of the Armed Forces by 2020. Congress, however, by next year will have to agree on the creation of the NDAA in order to reach it. The Pentagon has announced it will send its legislative proposal on space travel to parliament in February.
Inhofe, in September after the death of Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), chairman of the commission, protested in 2017 against a similar plan of the House for a separate army division that emphasized on space. But Inhofe seemed to mitigate the idea when the pressure from Trump began to push the Space Force. Despite this, Inhofe said he was expecting added cost information before arriving on a final decision.
In September, a comprehensive Air Force memorandum set the costs of the first five years at $ 13 Billion. Space Force backers have accused the Air Force of growing the costs to drive opposition.