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Report to Congress on How to Create a U.S. Space Force

The following is the Aug. 16, 2018 Congressional Research Service In Focus brief, Toward the Creation of a U.S. ‘Space Force.’

From the report:

For over two decades, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) and others have found that fragmentation and overlap in national security space acquisition management and oversight have contributed to program delays and cancellations, cost increases, and inefficient operations. Congress has attempted numerous organizational and acquisition reforms to address these problems. In the view of many observers, these efforts have generally been unsuccessful.

In addition to these perceived managerial deficits, Congress has more recently expressed concern over the slow pace with which the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Air Force have addressed the growing threat to U.S. national security in space from adversaries, particularly Russia and China, and to a lesser extent North Korea and Iran. Some in the military and elsewhere now increasingly refer to space as a “warfighting domain”; once seen as peaceful and uncontested, space is now viewed as crowded and adversarial.

Generally, House Members have led the effort to remove institutional barriers to space acquisition reform by advocating for the creation of a new entity for national security space. Until recently, the Senate largely favored efforts to reform existing organizations rather than authorize new ones. However, as part of the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) deliberations, both chambers passed (and the President signed) legislation that authorized the creation of a subordinate unified command known as the U.S. Space Command (under the U.S. Strategic Command). The reorganization was intended to address long-standing concerns related to space acquisition management and sharpen DOD’s strategic focus on space.


via fas.org

  • Ed L

    Let the States run the welfare programs and put that money into getting off this rock

  • Mk-Ultra

    Is a Space Force really needed? The Air Force altalre had a space division that oversees all relevant activities, so an entire branch just for Space is a little Overkill, and will undoubtedly require significantly more money.

    I don’t think we have enough space activities to require it’s dedicated branch. What will they be doing? Satellite missions all day?

    Unless they’re thinking about building more X-37s, similar space crafts and expand those type of missions.

    Other than that we don’t have that much space activity

    • TransformerSWO

      Because the USAF is doing a really terrible job of it by itself, and routinely failing to meet the space needs of the Army and Navy. This does need a unified approach, but IMHO, not a new separate service.

      • Mk-Ultra

        How do you know this?

  • Hugh

    Space is not off-limits for potential adversaries.

  • Secundius

    As I recall there already is a “Space Medal of Honor”, with ~28 already have being Awarded, 17 of which were Posthumously…

  • Donald Carey

    The U.S. should make the U.S.A.F. part of the Army (firing LOTS of useless brass in the process, saving TONS of money), and make the space force part of the Navy, give some of our excess Admirals something useful to do.

    • Secundius

      The USAF was prior to September 1947 ! I doubt that the USAF would be willing to go back to before 1947 USAAF of the US Army (under funded)…

      • Donald Carey

        Of course the bloated feather-bedding brass in the USAF don’t want to give up their “jobs” – LOL!!

  • old guy

    All of the components for the entire program exist in the 2014 shut down program at NASA, the DARPA underfunded program, the DOD misguided program and the DNA hit or miss program. It might not be a bad idea to move the badly underfunded laser and particle beam programs too. All the elements are available. However it will take a brilliant guy like James WEBB to integrate them into a coherent program. An additional difficulty will be to keep the rank grabbers, military and civilian from turning it into a big rice bowl. The report does not raise this caution