The committee is concerned that the Air Force’s recommendations “risk undermining congressional oversight of major space acquisition programs.”
HASC Chairman Adam Smith: . “I want to make sure there’s competition.”
The $150 million addition is for investments focused on the National Security Space Launch Phase 3 competition.
The Air Force must fund three-year R&D partnerships with companies to help them prepare to meet the requirements of the National Security Space Launch Phase 3 competition.
Cooper: “We continue our focus on increasing the resilience and capability of our space assets."
The Strategic Forces markup challenges DoD's acquisition strategy for satellite-based communications and is critical of the Space Development Agency.
The SASC markup of the 2021 NDAA includes several Space Force provisions but none on acquisition reforms.
A May 29 letter signed by 28 lawmakers asks the Air Force to not cave to pressure to add a third provider in the Phase 2 launch services procurement.
SASC is "committed to continuing congressional oversight and data collection necessary to drafting the NDAA."
"Today marks a landmark achievement as we officially inaugurate the newest branch or our military, the U.S. Space Force," said Trump.
Reps. Jim Cooper and Mike Rogers were the original proponents of a space service. It was not Trump's idea.
NDAA conference agreement establishes U.S. Space Force, directs major overhaul of space acquisitions
The NDAA also establishes an Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy as the senior civilian in the Office of the Secretary of Defense
Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett: "It is time for us to move forward with the Space Force.”
HASC Chairman: Legislation to create a Space Force in 2020 ‘still possible but by no means guaranteed’
Chairman Adam Smith said House-Senate divide is deepening over the establishment of a Space Force
There are lingering concerns about the potential cost of a new military branch.
The White House is unhappy with the Senate language because it doesn’t give DoD full legal authority to establish a space service.