November 15, 2018 / 4:45 PM / a month ago

Proposed US Space Force budget could be less than $5 bln - deputy defense sec

WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) - The proposed U.S. Space Force, a new military service backed by President Donald Trump, could have an initial budget of less than $5 billion, the deputy defense secretary said on Thursday.

The U.S. Air Force estimated start up costs for a proposed U.S. Space Force will be around $13 billion in the first five years.

The Air Force is the U.S. military branch that currently has responsibility for space. (Reporting by Mike Stone in Washington Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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