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DoD Sends Space Force Legislation to Congress

The Trump administration has made another step forward in making Space Force a reality.

Last week ended with Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan releasing the proposal to Congress to create a Space Force today.

In an official statement, Shanahan declared that his department’s proposal marks “…an historic moment for our nation,” adding that the Department of Defense’s legislation “is a strategic step towards securing America’s vital national interests in space.”

The draft issued to lawmakers envisions standing up the U.S. Space Force as part of the U.S. Air Force over five years. Over that period, Space Force would establish its own headquarters, and steadily transfer space operations from other military branches and government agencies to its own domain.

DoD made a budget request of $72.4 million for Space Forces’s first year of operations. Once fully established, Defense officials estimate the cost of Space Force at $500 million annually in additive costs.

As far as how Space Force would operate, DoD has suggested the Secretary of the Air Force would be responsible for organizing, training and equipping the new military branch. That would mean the head of the Air Force would be responsible —at least initially— for two distinct military services, similar to how the Marines are formally part of the Navy. But the new Space Force would have from the get-go a four-star chief of staff who would serve as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Additionally, the newly created office of the Under Secretary of Space would provide oversight of the civilian component of the new service.

More details on DoD’s vision for Space Force can be found in the department’s list of FAQs as well as their Space Force Fact Sheet.

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Samuel Siskind

Samuel Siskind studied intelligence research at the American Military University in West Virginia. He served as a squad commander in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) Corp of Combat Engineers, in the Corps' ground battalions and later in its Intelligence Wing at regional and divisional stations. For the past five years, Samuel has worked as a consultant and researcher on physical and information security issues for private and governmental institutions, in the US, Africa, India, and Israel. He currently lives in Jerusalem.

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