The Trump Administration and the House Armed Services Committee are on a collision course over four space- and rocket-related provisions in the fNational Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018).
Specifically, the administration is objecting to the following provisions:
- the establishment of a separate space corps within the U.S. Air Force (USAF);
- limitations on the funding of new rocket engines for the Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program;
- a prohibition on the Pentagon procurement of transponder services on commercial satellites launched on Russian rockets; and,
- requirements that the Defense Department find multiple suppliers for individual components of solid rocket missile systems.