One thing a highball estimate does accomplish is “shift the debate to how expensive this is going to be."
Shanahan on space reorganization: “We’re going to find the best way. There will be some hammering and arm wrestling. "
Wilson suggested her proposal is only the opening salvo. “I expect there will be a lot of discussion about how to implement the president’s vision.”
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson’s Space Force proposal dropped on the first day of the Air Force Association’s Air Space Cyber symposium, and it took the community by storm.
AFA: "Standing up a separate space bureaucracy amplifies the problem by driving more money to a headquarters function, not space operations. "
Wilson: “This proposal establishes a clear mission, directly related to the strategic problem we are trying to solve."
A Space Force legislative proposal could arrive at the White House as early as Dec. 1, 2018.
Former deputy defense secretary Bob Work: “There’s never been a thing that Congress doesn’t feel can be solved by reorganizing.”
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson on plans to create a Space Force: “If we are going to do this we should do it right.”
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If all goes as planned, the Air Force should have one new GPS 3 satellite in orbit before the end of 2018.
Mattis: “We have worked with Congress and the White House to define the evolving space problem that we confront."
Creating a new service could get messy not just from a political standpoint but also because there are vast cultural gulfs within the space community about what the primary mission of the Space Force should be.
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Outside the national security space community, few people grasp the breadth of activities and missions that might one day transition to a Space Force, if and when Congress votes to create one.
The possible creation of a Space Force gives Congress a “unique opportunity to shape the direction of U.S. national security space at this moment in time.”
Retired Air Force officer Wesley Hallman: “We all want this to work. But does it have to be a separate service?"