The SASC bill makes the commander of Air Force Space Command also the commander of the U.S. Space Force for the first year.
The HAC notes that the decision to not back the $72 million request should not be read as a complete rejection of the idea of establishing a Space Force.
Under the proposed system, space officers would only compete against space officers for promotions.
The Army’s top leaders have voiced full support for the Trump administration’s Space Force proposal but don’t plan to turn over the entire Army space cadre to the new service.
DoD spokesman: “The establishment of the United States Space Force is a small investment to ensure American leadership in space."
CBO: A space service under the Air Force would add up to $1.3 billion a year in costs
A group of 43 former defense and intelligence officials signed an open letter that expresses “strong support for establishing the U.S. Space Force.”
The AFA would have us believe that space professionals are nothing but a cast of supporting characters.
Defense appropriators complained about a lack of information despite efforts by Pentagon officials to brief lawmakers and staffs since the proposal was rolled out in late February.
Seven states have National Guard space units: Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, New York, Arkansas and Ohio.
Kitay: Actions in space “will directly affect the outcome of future conflicts or crises."
Whether it’s a Space Force or a Space Corps, if either one is ever to come to fruition, its advocates had better figure out how to make the politics work.
Shanahan on why a Space Force is needed: Threats are increasing and the importance of and the opportunities in space are growing.
The Air Force has developed an “initial work plan” to establish a Space Force under the Department of the Air Force.