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David S. Cloud

David S. Cloud covers the Pentagon and the military from the Washington, D.C., bureau. In his 30-year career, he has also worked at the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, where he was a member of a team of reporters awarded a 2002 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Sept 11, 2001, terror attacks. He is co-author of "The Fourth Star," which traces the careers and experiences in Iraq of four U.S. officers.
Trump backed 'space force' after months of lobbying by officials with ties to aerospace industry

President Trump announced his support for a "space force" in March after a small group of current and former government officials, some with deep financial ties to the aerospace industry, lobbied him for creation of a sixth military service over objections of Pentagon brass and many in Congress.

Pence says Pentagon should create 'space force' to 'defeat a new generation of threats'

Vice President Pence laid out the administration’s plans for a Space Force as a new branch of the military, a proposal with little support in Congress or the Pentagon.

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