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USAF Secretary’s Space Adviser John Stopher Leaves Office for Industry Role

John Stopher, principal assistant to the secretary of the Air Force for space, will leave his post on Wednesday to return to the private sector, SpaceNews reported Tuesday. He said in his resignation letter sent to President Trump that his new role would enable him to support industry in efforts to address the challenges in space in the future. 

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HASC Chairman Adam Smith Proposes Smaller Space Armed Service

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, said during a meeting that HASC has agreed to vote for the authorization of a Space-focused service branch that won't necessarily be named the Space Force, Space News reported Monday. He spoke with other HASC officials on the establishment of what may instead become a Space Corps under the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

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Senate Armed Services Committee OKs Space Force Proposal

The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the Trump administration's proposal to establish a Space Force as part of the panel's fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, the Hill reported Thursday. The $750 billion NDAA earmarks $72.4 million to establish the new military branch to operate under the U.S. Air Force and mandates the appointment of a Space Force commander.

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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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