Military space funding has increased every year since 2018 but that growth may not be sustainable, says a new report from the consulting firm Avascent.
Congress is warning the Space Force against complacency, encouraging it to embrace innovative ways of doing business in areas like space launch and use of commercial space services.
The House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee on June 15 approved by voice vote a defense funding bill for fiscal year 2023.
President Biden’s $773 billion budget request for the Defense Department for fiscal year 2023 includes $24.5 billion for the U.S. Space Force
Defense appropriators in the 2022 spending bill added nearly $1.3 billion for U.S. Space Force and Space Development Agency programs above what the Biden administration requested.
U.S. military satellite procurements and contracts for launch services have been put on hold and cannot move forward until Congress passes a full-year defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022.
The 2022 National Defense Authorization Act adds more than $645 million to Defense Department space programs above the Biden administration’s request.
Political fights that delay government funding bills are only helping U.S. adversaries, said Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said he expects to see a shift in U.S. military spending away from large satellites to a “more survivable infrastructure” of smaller spacecraft.
In the Biden administration’s 2022 budget proposal, the Pentagon is requesting $15.3 billion for investments in space technology, an increase of $1.8 billion over what Congress enacted in 2021.
President Biden’s $715 billion defense budget proposal for 2022 includes $17.4 billion for the U.S. Space Force, about $2.2 billion more than what Congress enacted in 2021.
The administration is requesting that funding lines in the Space Force’s budget request be transferred from the Air Force’s budget to separate accounts.
The bulk of the budget growth is for the procurement of classified space systems, and very little is for personnel growth.
The chief of space operations of the U.S. Space Force, Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, said the Space Force request is not just a rebranded Air Force space budget.
One of the largest single items is $255 million to launch two GPS 3 satellites
Congress approved $148 million for the Consolidated Space Operations Facility.
The Trump administration’s budget request for national defense in 2021 includes $15.4 billion for the U.S. Space Force.
Will Roper said an extended CR is especially damaging for space "where we are trying to build systems to be survivable."
The commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Lt. Gen. John Thompson, last week reminded lawmakers that hundreds of millions of dollars above what's in the budget are still needed to accelerate the schedule of the early warning satellite constellation known as next-gen OPIR, or overhead persistent infrared.
Congress’ review of the 2020 defense budget is just getting underway and already House appropriators have sent a strong signal to the Pentagon that they are not going to rubber stamp funding requests for the Space Development Agency.