NASA space photo

From the Earth-orbiting International Space Station, flying some 225 nautical miles above the Caribbean Sea in the early morning hours of July 15, NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman photographed this north-looking panorama that includes parts of Cuba, the Bahamas and Florida, and even runs into several other areas in the southeastern U.S. The long stretch of lights to the left of center frame gives the shape of Miami. (NASA)

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers' support for creating an American Space Corps is well documented, as it should be. That would be a monumental addition to the Pentagon's tasks. Rogers, R-Saks, is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and serves as chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, and this spring Rogers and President Trump spoke by telephone about the need for a Space Corps, the Alabama republican has written.

Well, it looks like this is going to happen.

Earlier today, Defense One, a news website that covers national security and the Department of Defense, reported that the Pentagon is moving forward with the Space Corps idea -- without congressional approval. Given the Trump White House's way of doing things, that shouldn't be a surprise.

Defense One wrote:

"The U.S. Defense Department this week will take the first steps to create the Space Force, a new branch of the military ordered up by President Trump but not yet fully backed by Congress.

"In coming months, Defense Department leaders plan to stand up three of the four components of the new Space Force: a new combatant command for space, a new joint agency to buy satellites for the military, and a new warfighting community that draws space operators from all service branches. These sweeping changes — on par with the past decade’s establishment of cyber forces — are the part the Pentagon can do without lawmakers’ approval."

The timing is interesting.

On Monday, former Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James was less-than-impressed by a potential U.S. Space Corps during her comments at a Space Corps discussion at the Brookings Institution.

“My very short response is no. I do not believe that we should have a separate Space Force,”  she said. “And I come down to a fundamental issue as to why I think this is so. I always like to begin by asking, what exactly is the problem we are trying to solve?”

I assume Rep. Rogers disagrees with the former Air Force secretary's comments.

-- Phillip Tutor

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