The Hill reports:
Defense Secretary James Mattis said Tuesday that he “absolutely” supports the creation of a new space branch for the military, but declined to say whether it would be the separate Space Force President Trump has pressed for.
Mattis said he supports establishing a new combatant command for space and that the Pentagon is “in complete alignment with the president’s concern about protecting our assets in space.”
“We need to address space as a developing war fighting domain and a combatant command is certainly one thing that we can establish. This is a process we’re in,” Mattis said outside the Pentagon prior to meeting with British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson.