Army Secretary: Still unclear what portions of the Army would move to the Space Force

October 9, 2018

Space News:

WASHINGTON — Army Secretary Mark Esper said no decisions have yet been made on what parts of the Army would move to a Space Force if the new service were created.

“There are ongoing discussions on how the Army would support the Space Force,” Esper told reporters on Monday at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual symposium. “Over time those details will be worked out. We’ll see what parts move where,” he said.

The Army will be a “team player” in the reorganization, Esper said.

At stake would be the future of the Army Space and Missile Defense Command based at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Two space reorganization proposals that have been submitted for consideration — one by Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and the other by Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin — recommend moving at least some portions of the Army Space and Missile Defense Command to the Space Force.

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