Defense nominee Mark Esper calls on Congress to provide ‘necessary resources’ to stand up Space Force
Esper told the SASC that, if confirmed, he intends to get involved in the Space Force legislative debate.
Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer became the third acting secretary of defense since Jim Mattis resigned.
Gen. Mark Milley said he fully supports the establishment of a Space Force and rejects the criticism that the new branch is just an “added layer of bureaucracy.”
In the coming weeks, the Defense Department, the Air Force and the Army will have new secretaries.
DoD sources said Esper is likely to continue to advocate for space investments.
Gen. Paul Selva: Military forces in the field need “ubiquitous communications”
Shanahan “has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family,” President Trump tweeted.
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."