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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