Elections have consequences. But exactly what the new power structure in Washington means for the future of the Space Force will not be known for some time.
Griffin said nothing has yet been decided on how the Space Development Agency should be organized.
The Trump administration’s desire to establish a Space Force could be in jeopardy next year after Democrats assume control of the House, while the departure of a key House appropriator could spell trouble for NASA missions to the potentially habitable moon of Europa.
Ryals suggested a Space Development Agency could be helpful in providing a single voice for military space requirements.
The Pentagon wants to stand up a Space Development Agency that presumably would take over space projects like Blackjack.
Pence said the Space Force is “part of the president's vision for really reinvigorating American leadership in space … and once again lead in human exploration.”
Top leaders of the U.S. Air Force are doing their best to counter the narrative that they oppose President Trump’s plan to establish a Space Force.
At the National Space Council meeting last week, Vice President Mike Pence made an impassioned case for the establishment of a Space Force. But no matter how much President Trump wants it, congressional authorization by law is required to form a new military branch.
Shanahan envisions the Space Development Agency will have a technology-focused mission but also would help consolidate duplicative efforts currently pursued by individual services.
The Pentagon official responsible for space policy says he expects an “exciting and interesting discussion” in Congress next year when the House and Senate take up the administration’s proposal to establish a Space Force.
The Space Force that U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the Pentagon to set up could be a dim prospect if Republicans lose control of either the House or Senate when voters go to the polls Nov. 6 for the midterm elections.
Space Force leaders “will likely only work with the other services when forced to by an outside entity like the secretary of defense or Congress."
Trump is determined to make the new military branch a reality, Pence said. “He asks me about the Space Force every week.”
The administration believes there is enough bipartisan support for a Space Force that it will be authorized regardless of who wins the majority in November, Vice President Mike Pence said at a Washington Post “Transformers Space” event.