Lawmakers are raising concerns about the cost and the rationale for a Space Force.
The bipartisan caucus will bring a central focus to GPS-related issues.
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."
Smith: The difficulties we’ve had with space launch has been a good example of why a different approach is needed to manage military space.
With Congress set to approve a Federal Aviation Administration bill with some commercial space provisions, those in the industry are hoping for action on other bills before the end of this year.
The possible creation of a Space Force gives Congress a “unique opportunity to shape the direction of U.S. national security space at this moment in time.”
Congressional committee staffs turn over quickly so the industry needs to be continuously engaging officials on the Hill.
Defense budget bill creates path for future network of military, commercial communications satellites
The House Appropriations defense subcommittee approved $49.5 million to create a new “program of record for commercial satellite communications."
Both chambers want legislation that strengthens the U.S. military space posture, said Thornberry. The House and Senate are “not going to let up in our push to do better in space.”
Sen. David Perdue: China has spent a lot of time and money developing capabilities to attack GPS satellites, jam them or take them off orbit.
As congressional appropriators prepare to review NASA’s latest budget request, a group from academia and industry are seeking support for a lunar exploration initiative included in the proposal.
Wilson believes the Air Force should embrace its cultural past, when it took big chances on technologies.
A final fiscal year 2018 spending bill released by House and Senate appropriators March 21 would give NASA more than $20.7 billion, far above the administration’s original request.
Assistant Secretary of Defense Kenneth Rapuano: “The president is very interested in ensuring that the department is best organized and equipped to achieve our vital missions in space."