National Space Council Approves Measures to Advance Space Force

Mike Pence

The National Space Council today approved six recommendations to the president concerning the establishment of a Space Force as the sixth branch of the Armed Services.

The six recommendations presented include:

  • Forming a United States Space Command to control our space forces and develop the tactics, techniques, and procedures for military space operations.
  • Establishing the Space Force as a separate and distinct branch of the military whose mission will be to organize, train, and equip combat space forces.
  • Calling on Congress to authorize the establishment of a Space Force and provide funding for the United States Space Command.
  • Launching a joint review by the National Space Council and National Security Council of existing space operational authorities for meeting national security objectives, informed by DOD’s assessment of the authorities required.
  • Creating a Space Development Agency to ensure Americans in the Space Force have cutting-edge warfighting capabilities.
  • Creating collaborative mechanisms with the Intelligence Community to improve unity of efforts for the development of space capabilities and operations.

The approvals came after the council, which is chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, heard from three experts who said that establishing an independent Space Force was essential to meeting the growing threats posed to the United States by foreign adversaries.

The White House also published a press release today outlining plans for the Space Force.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine gave an update on the investigation into the aborted launch of a crew flight to the International Space Station. He said he was confident that Russia will have resolved the problem in time to launch a new crew to the International Space Station in December as planned.

  • Terry Rawnsley

    I’d just like to make sure I got this straight. The President’s hand-picked National Space Council held a hearing where they heard from 3 witnesses who were hand-picked to agree with what he wanted and then they sent a report to the President stating that they were recommending that the United States should do exactly what he wanted done in the first place. Nary a dissenting voice was heard.

  • AdmBenson

    Trump: If I wanted your opinion, I’d give it to you.

  • Tom Billings

    Since some of the people who put together the Rumsfeld Report in August of 2001 were testifying, it is hardly odd that the testimony encouraged a Space Force. When you want to decide which path to take, you want a balanced set of opinions from a group that can carefully sort through what path is useful. On the other hand, once you have decided on the path, you want people skilled in making a path productive for the purposes you have selected to actually move along that path, not debate about it. Executive Branch debate is over, and movement has begun.

    Congress gets its say after the elections, from the timing spoken of for reports on costs in November and December. The Legislative Branch of government has its own agendas. Whether those can be met by a Space Force without huge agency costs that Congress itself imposes is the next question. We must watch carefully.