Inside the Ring: Pentagon Policy Chief on Space Force

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood

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Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood recently previewed the Pentagon’s plan to answer President Trump’s call to create a space force as a separate branch of the military.

Mr. Rood told a security conference in Colorado last week that space is increasingly contested by adversaries like China or Russia that could cripple the United States in attacks on satellites.

"There are significant reasons why we in the United States are more concerned about the threat that we face in that domain, and the need to have a very vibrant, capable set of not only physical capabilities, but obviously the way that we organize and train and equip our force to respond to that," Mr. Rood said.

Read the entire article at the Washington Times.

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