In a letter to Shanahan, lawmakers point out New Mexico is home to dozens of space-focused government and private sector organizations.
Auditors found that DoD does not collect and maintain comprehensive data on its space acquisition workforce.
The first step will be to get congressional authorization and $72 million in 2020 to stand up a Space Force headquarters under the Department of the Air Force. The headquarters initially would have about 200 people.
The Space Development Agency is being created to "reenergize the space development culture, shorten the time cycles that we talked about, bring some new things to the table.”
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein: "There are a thousand decisions that have to be made."
DoD Space Force proposal seeks special authorities to transfer people and programs from other services
The Pentagon would ask Congress to approve “special temporary authorities” for the secretary of defense to transfer resources from other services to the Department of the Air Force and the Space Force.
DoD memo: The 2020 budget is a “starting point." The budget plan does not include “mission growth that may be needed to meet the evolving threat.”
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,
Lord said Virgin Orbit is "an example of the type of companies I think we need to cultivate.”
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.
During a Q&A session at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce summit to promote the space industry as an engine of innovation and economic growth, Griffin said he does not know when or how a new military branch will be organized.
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.