The HAC notes that the decision to not back the $72 million request should not be read as a complete rejection of the idea of establishing a Space Force.
Thornberry is proposing legislation that would make it easier for startups like Capella Space to continue to get private funding and compete for DoD small business awards.
Shanahan: “I am honored by today’s announcement of President Trump’s intent to nominate."
DoD spokesman: “The establishment of the United States Space Force is a small investment to ensure American leadership in space."
Defense appropriators complained about a lack of information despite efforts by Pentagon officials to brief lawmakers and staffs since the proposal was rolled out in late February.
The United States should do more to protect its space systems and build capabilities as a form of deterrence, experts said.
DoD IG report says Musk told Shanahan that SpaceX did not win an Air Force launch service contract because it had written a poor proposal that “missed the mark.”
Seven states have National Guard space units: Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, New York, Arkansas and Ohio.
Kitay: Actions in space “will directly affect the outcome of future conflicts or crises."
A letter sent to Shanahan questions DoD's decision to shift missions away from the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.
Josh Jackson, executive vice president and general manager of SAIC’s Solutions and Technology Group, said SAIC is working with around a dozen startups through accelerators in Austin, Texas and Colorado Springs, Colorado, to make their technology more available to U.S. government customers.
Shanahan: The Space Development Agency is not just important to national security but also to the nation’s space economy.
SASC wants to how the Space Force will support and integrate with U.S. Space Command and the Space Development Agency.
The reports urges Congress to hold hearings on “achieving true and real competition in the national security launch market.”