The rush to a military space service will be distracting to other urgent changes we must make in the way America defends herself in space.
A space service is something we have been pushing, Thornberry said. “Maybe we can drag the Senate along with us for a change.”
The CNA report warned that standing up a new military department “is not without risks.”
In the military space business, there are strong reasons to believe that 2019 could be a pivotal year.
A civilian Undersecretary of the Air Force for Space would report to the Secretary of the Air Force.
Pence said Trump soon will sign a space policy directive that will lay out plans and a timeline to create a U.S. Space Force as a sixth branch of the armed forces.
In the last working week of the year, there is no slowing down in the Defense Department’s space reorganization. The White House has given the Pentagon the order to stand up a U.S. Space Command as a separate combatant command.
Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said U.S. Space Command should not be confused with Space Force.
Legislation reforming the national security space enterprise received broad bipartisan support in the House last year, so it will be interesting to see how Democrats treat the issue. Is their support for these reforms predicated on whether or not they’re endorsed by President Trump?
A DARPA team will “inventory the DoD space-based command-and-control capabilities, identify critical gaps, deficiencies and inefficiencies in our existing architectures."
Once lawmakers have a chance to review the proposal, said Shanahan, he will be “happy to take the red pen out."
Smith: The difficulties we’ve had with space launch has been a good example of why a different approach is needed to manage military space.
During a Q&A session at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce summit to promote the space industry as an engine of innovation and economic growth, Griffin said he does not know when or how a new military branch will be organized.
President Trump has been insistent that a Space Force should be a completely independent military department. One way to organize the new service would be by establishing a Space Force under a larger Department of the Air and Space Force.
U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, the winner of SpaceNews' 2018 military space Government Leader of the Year award, said as the Trump administration moves forward with plans to create a new military branch for space — an effort she supports — the Air Force is keeping focused on the space mission.