The Department of Defense is seeking $270M in funds for fiscal year 2020 to establish the Space Development Agency, U.S. Space Command and headquarters for the new Space Force, SpaceNews reported Monday. DoD will request $120M for the Space Development Agency, $84M for the new combatant command and $64M for the new headquarters, according to a draft memo obtained by the publication.
Bob Daigle, director of the Pentagon’s cost assessment and program evaluation office, said in the memo that the Space Development Agency would begin operations with 50 employees and would increase to around 112 by fiscal 2024. Space Command would receive the most resources from the U.S. Strategic Command and kick off operations with approximately 600 people, according to the document.
The new service would operate with about 200 employees under the Department of the Air Force and draw additional resources from the Air Force by 2021 once it receives congressional authorization. The new Space Force should come up with manpower requirements, force structure plans, uniforms, personnel policies, training programs, budgets and transfer procedures within the first year of establishment, according to the report.