Concerns grow about Space Force diverting funds from other military priorities

WASHINGTON ? Political disagreements aside, the Trump administration?s push to create a separate branch of the military for space is being challenged on grounds that an expensive bureaucracy could undermine the central goal of boosting military capabilities to defend satellites and the nation?s access to space.

Vice President Mike Pence said the administration would ask Congress for $8 billion over the next five years to get the Space Force off the ground. It?s unclear if Pence meant this would be new money to be added to the Pentagon budget top line or whether these funds would be redirected from other accounts. Experts are warning that if the Space Force is set up as an independent service, its substantial administrative costs could eat up funds that might otherwise be spent training and equipping forces with next-generation space technology.