One of the running themes in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act is Congress trying to light a fire under the Defense Department with regard to technological innovation.
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.”
The Senate Armed Services committee report notes that funding for Blackjack is the Air Force’s highest unfunded priority.
Rogers: Regardless of what the final DoD report states, “there’s still things in space that have to be fixed.”
The FY-19 NDAA language calls for a new organization, likely to be named U.S. Space Command, within U.S. Strategic Command, following the same model as U.S. Cyber Command.
FY-19 NDAA: Lawmakers are diving deeper into DoD acquisition strategies and space capabilities, particularly launch.
The Senate Armed Services Committee’s markup of their version of the NDAA doesn’t include the Space Corps proposal, instead focusing on bolstering space operations along different lines.