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Legislation to Create Space Force as 6th Branch of Armed Forces

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
December 10, 2019
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The White House and Congress have worked out a deal that will establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the Armed Services in exchange for 12 weeks of paid leave for federal employees with newborn babies.

The details of the Space Force taken from a summary of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) are below.

Space Force

The FY20 NDAA recognizes space as a warfighting domain and establishes the U.S. Space Force in Title 10 as the sixth Armed Service of the United States, under the U.S. Air Force. In doing so, the NDAA provides the Secretary of the Air Force with the authority to transfer Air Force personnel to the newly established Space Force. To minimize cost and bureaucracy, the Space Force will require no additional billets and remains with the President’s budget request.

The conference agreement creates a Chief of Space Operations (CSO) for the U.S. Space Force who will report directly to the Secretary of the Air Force and become a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During the first year, the CSO may also serve as the Commander of U.S. Space Command. The CSO will provide updates to the committees of jurisdiction every 60 days, with briefings and reports on implementation and establishment status. The conference report also creates:

  • A Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration, as the senior space architect, who will:
    • Provide a renewed focus on the acquisition of space systems as the Chair of the Space Force Acquisition Council, ensuring integration across the national security space enterprise;
    • Synchronize with the Air Force Service Acquisition Executive on all space system efforts, and take on Service Acquisition Executive responsibilities for space systems and programs effective on October 1, 2022; and
    • Oversee and direct the Space and Missile Systems Center, Space Rapid Capabilities Office, and Space Development Agency.
  • An Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy as the senior civilian in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for oversight of space warfighting.

3 responses to “Legislation to Create Space Force as 6th Branch of Armed Forces”

  1. windbourne says:

    Maybe space force will be brighter than NASA bridensteine and get $ going for multiple private space stations, along with having friendly nations use these.

    • Terry Stetler says:

      The Lunar Gateway station with NASA, international, and private participation isn’t enough?

      • windbourne says:

        Will it actually improve space economics and science? Nope.
        All that is, is a bit more of ISS and will not really speed up access to lunar surface, access to space science, increase space economics, space engineering, etc. About the only thing it might do is improve safety for lunar trips, though at an outrageous cost and time frame.

        By spending money on getting private habitat companies vetted, and then adding to ISS, and/or creating multiple private space stations, it gives other foreign space agencies ability to train in leo, while getting ready for going to the moon. This improves space economics by having more nations paying to add flights, ppl.

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