The Case for Giving a U.S. Space Force Some Lift

Lieutenant General Kevin McLaughlin
Former Deputy Director, U.S. Cyber Command

The National Space Council voted this week to move forward with six recommendations intended to provide some lift for the creation of a U.S. Space Force. 

The recommendations include:

  • Creating of a new, unified command, U.S. Space Command
  • The Pentagon submitting a legislative proposal to the White House
  • Creating a budget request to fund the Command in 2020
  • Ordering a review of the new Agency’s authorities
  • Establishing a Space Development Agency with the responsibility of overseeing technology investments
  • Strengthening the relationship between the intelligence community and the new command

Cipher Brief Expert, Lt. Gen Kevin McLaughlin (Ret.), spent the majority of his 34-year Air Force career in a variety of space assignments.   During his testimony before the Council this week, he laid out what he sees as the opportunities and risks of implementing a new command. What follows, is an adaptation of his testimony to the National Space Council. 

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Lt. Gen. James K. "Kevin" McLaughlin served as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) in Fort Meade, Maryland. General McLaughlin entered the Air Force in 1983 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has commanded at the squadron, group, wing and numbered air force levels and has served on the staffs at major command headquarters, combatant command headquarters, the National Reconnaissance Office, Air Force headquarters, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.... Read More

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