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Report: Fiscal 2018 Defense Bill Includes Natl Security Space Mgmt Reform

A final version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act unveiled by a congressional conference committee Wednesday seeks to reform the U.S. military’s current management system for the national security space enterprise, Space News reported Thursday.

The $692 billion NDAA would require transfer of space-related organizational, training and equipping powers to the Air Force Space Command.

The compromise bill would mandate AFSPC to oversee all acquisition, resources and requirements of the service branch’s space forces as well as identify strategies to address national security space challenges uncovered by Congress, the report noted.

The NDAA would also grant the AFSPC commander a six-year term and reorganize the command into a structure similar to the Office of Naval Reactors.

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