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Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Calvert asked Secretary Heather Wilson to "review how the Air Force intends to maintain assured access to space while preserving maximum competitive opportunities for all certified launch providers."
For the first time Shanahan confirmed that the Pentagon is proposing to establish a Space Force within the Department of the Air Force.
Shanahan would have to recuse himself from any matters that would affect Boeing's business, such as aircraft and satellite procurements, and space launch policy,
The Space Enterprise Consortium does not follow the arcane defense acquisition regulations. It requires traditional defense contractors to work with nontraditional vendors.
Whether Congress goes along with President Donald Trump’s plan to establish a Space Force, the nation is prepared to protect and advance its dominance in space, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said.
Aerospace CEO Isakowitz: The government traditionally buys a bus, payload and ground segment as a package, he said. That does not give you flexibility to swap out and change pieces.
The plan has drawn criticism and stirred questions about why DoD is creating a new agency to do what existing space procurement organizations already do in the Air Force, the Army, the Navy and the intelligence community.
Wilson: “I find most people don’t know what we do in space, and why it really matters to our economy and our military.”
Defense officials acknowledge that rearranging budget priorities is like turning around a battleship.
The obvious conclusion from Harrison’s study is that the size and budget of a new military service for space can vary considerably depending on the scope of the reorganization.
Griffin said nothing has yet been decided on how the Space Development Agency should be organized.
Top leaders of the U.S. Air Force are doing their best to counter the narrative that they oppose President Trump’s plan to establish a Space Force.
The administration believes there is enough bipartisan support for a Space Force that it will be authorized regardless of who wins the majority in November, Vice President Mike Pence said at a Washington Post “Transformers Space” event.
A big unknown is how Congress might react to the administration’s proposal. The legislative branch has the final say on whether plans for a new military service can move forward.