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DeSantis: Bring Space Force To Florida


President Trump signed plans Tuesday to create a scaled-back version of a Space Force. Governor DeSantis is asking the President to place the headquarters in Florida.

In a tweet, DeSantis asked the President to make Kennedy Space Center the headquarters of the Space Force Combatant Command. The Governor says space is part of Florida’s storied history, and is a logical fit for the state.

Trump signed Space Policy Directive 4, which moves the President closer to his goal of a space force. Under the directive, the Space Force will begin as a part of the Air Force, similar to how the Marine Corps is part of the Navy.

Cost details of the space command will be included in the 2020 budget proposal heading to Congress next month.

The call by the Governor came on Space Day as stakeholders talked to lawmakers in Tallahassee about the importance of the aerospace industry in Florida.

Brendan Byrne is Central Florida Public Media's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing the organization's internship program. Byrne also hosts Central Florida Public Media's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration, and the weekly news roundup podcast "The Wrap."