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.
The Air Force space budget is taking a hit as a result of the Pentagon reprogramming $1.5 billion from fiscal 2019 funds to pay for President Trump’s wall along the U. S-Mexico border.
The nearly 20 percent increase in military space spending sought by the Trump administration comes as the White House and the Pentagon prepare to stand up a new Space Development Agency, reestablish U.S. Space Command and plead their case to Congress for establishing a new Space Force within the Department of the Air Force.