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CBO Predicts Pentagon May Spend More on Space Force Than Reported

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the federal government may spend up to $3 billion in taxpayer money and add $1.3 billion to the Pentagon’s annual budget to establish and run President Trump’s proposed Space Force. The figure comes from CBO’s newly-released analysis of the personnel requirements and costs of proposed military space organizations. Defense officials have said the Space Force would cost nearly $2 billion over the next five years and require $500 million annually to operate. 

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Mike Pence: Trump Admin Working With Congress to Establish Space Force

Vice President Mike Pence told attendees at the Satellite 2019 conference in Washington, D.C. that the proposed space force will “soon be a reality,” National Defense magazine reported Monday. Pence, also the chairman of the National Space Council, noted that the Trump administration is working with Congress to stand up the sixth military branch.

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DoD Continues Push for Proposed Space Force

The Department of Defense continues to encourage Congress to approve the formation of the Space Force to address the emerging threats against military satellites and other space-based assets of the country, Space News reported Tuesday. Stephen Kitay, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, said the new service branch will focus on protecting the infrastructures supporting the economy and military. 

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Patrick Shanahan Hints at Possible NRO Integration Into Space Force

Acting Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Patrick Shanahan told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Pentagon could integrate the National Reconnaissance Office into the Space Force into the future, Defense News reported Thursday. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), SASC ranking member, asked about the Department of Defense’s reason for not putting NRO under the new service branch and Shanahan said DoD didn’t want to delay the formation of the new force.

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Heather Wilson on Air Force’s Efforts to Maintain US Dominance in Space

Air Force Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Heather Wilson said the service adopts a comprehensive approach based on “a clear-eyed assessment of the world as it is” to maintain the country’s superiority in space, the Air Force reported Tuesday. Wilson the assessment extends to discussions over the establishment of space force as the sixth military branch during the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo on Tuesday. 

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Patrick Shanahan: DoD Unveiling Space Force Leader Candidates in Weeks

Patrick Shanahan, acting secretary of defense and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said the government will name nominees for the U.S. Space Force leadership post in the coming weeks, Defense News reported Thursday. Pentagon officials propose the new service branch operate directly under the leadership of a senate-confirmed, space-focused U.S. Air Force undersecretary.

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Patrick Shanahan: DoD Seeks to Grow ‘Margin of Dominance’ in Space

Acting Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient Patrick Shanahan said the Department of Defense’s objective is to accelerate the “margin of dominance” in space to protect the country’s $19 trillion economy and military systems, the DoD website reported Wednesday. Shanahan said Wednesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that DoD’s reorganization efforts to recognize space as a warfighting domain supports the goal and involves the creation of a new Space Force within the Department of the Air Force, development of a new Space Command and formation of a new Space Development Agency.
 

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Report: DoD Launches Space Development Agency

Acting Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Patrick Shanahan officially unveiled the new space development agency, CNN reported Wednesday. Fred Kennedy, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s tactical technology office, will lead the agency as part of the proposed space force, according to a copy of Shanahan’s memo obtained by the publication.

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Will Roper: Air Force Accelerating Contracting Process for Startups via Credit Card

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, told Wired in an interview published on Sunday about the service’s upcoming pitch day in New York and how it plans to set up contracts for startups within a day through credit card-based awards. “We’re going to start doing awards at $158,000 per transaction,” said Roper, a 2019 Wash100 winner.

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DoD Submits Space Force Proposal to Congress

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan submitted the department's strategy for establishing Space Force as a standalone military branch to Congress, Space News reported Thursday. The legislative proposal was emailed to the House and Senate  Appropriations defense subcommittees and the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

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