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Patrick Shanahan: OSD Expects Space Force Set Up to Cost Less Than $13B

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said that the Office of the Secretary of Defense expects the establishment of a Space Force to cost less than the amount that the U.S. Air Force had earlier projected, Defense News reported Thursday. Air Force leadership said in a Sept. 14 memo that transitioning the service’s space functions into a separate, independent command would initially cost $3B and $13B overall in the course of five years.

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Fred Kennedy: Reorganization Efforts, New Tech Procurements Can Advance Space Missions

Fred Kennedy, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Tactical Technology Office, has said efforts to reorganize the space architecture and procure new technologies align with plans to modernize the military space business, Space News reported Monday.

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Space and Missile Systems Center Chief Wants Agile, Resilient Space Architecture

Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, recently said that U.S. assets in space are now more vulnerable than at any other time in the past, National Defense Magazine reported Monday. Speaking at the MILCOM conference held in Los Angeles on Oct. 29, Thompson described the space domain as congested and contested, and proposed that the U.S. deploy space architecture that is more secure, agile and resilient.

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Patrick Shanahan: DoD Works on Two Budget Requests for Fiscal 2020

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said drafting the budget for fiscal year 2020 calls for the Pentagon to “put the resources in place” in order to operationalize the national defense strategy. “We are not going to reverse course on all that planning but we will build two budgets,” Shanahan said Friday at the Military Reporters and Editors conference in Arlington, Va.

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Patrick Shanahan: ‘Space Force’ Needed to Ensure US Supremacy in Space

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has said the creation of a “space force” as the sixth service branch is “absolutely necessary” to ensure the country’s superiority in space, Defense.gov reported Wednesday. “The U.S. military is the best in the world in space, but our adversaries have taken note and are actively developing and fielding capabilities to potentially deny our usage of space in crisis or war,” he said Tuesday during the National Space Council’s fourth meeting at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C.

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Mike Pence: ‘Space Force’ Aims to Address ‘Fragmented Responsibilities’ Over National Security Programs

Vice President Mike Pence has said the establishment of a “space force” as the sixth military branch seeks to address the “lack of centralized leadership and accountability” over programs that aim to promote national security in space. Pence said Tuesday at the National Space Council’s fourth meeting at the National Defense University that the council would vote on six recommendations for the proposed roadmap to form the new service, which he says would help sort out the "fragmented responsibilities" over national security space initiatives.

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Report: Draft Directive Calls for DoD to Submit Legislative Proposal for ‘Space Force’

A draft policy directive would direct the Defense Department to hand over to the Office of Management and Budget by Dec. 1 a legislative proposal to establish a “space force” as a separate service branch, SpaceNews reported Monday. The proposed Space Policy Directive-4 obtained by the publication would require DoD to submit a budget plan for the space-focused service for inclusion in the president’s fiscal 2020 funding request.

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Rep. Mac Thornberry Seeks More Data on Pentagon’s Space Force Formation Plan

The House Armed Services Committee has asked the Defense Department to provide more data on how it would establish and fund the new “space force,” SpaceNews reported Friday. HASC Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) has called on DoD to submit the data by Nov. 16 before the House panel endorses an approach to form the new space-focused service, according to a copy of the Oct. 4 letter obtained by the publication.

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National Space Council to Discuss Space Force Progress, Plans at Next Meeting

The National Space Council will discuss proposals to establish a space-dedicated service branch at a meeting scheduled for Oct. 23, Space News reported Monday. Vice President Mike Pence said in a tweet that the meeting will cover existing progress and steps leading to the development of a Space Force.

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Gen. Joseph Dunford Plans Tabletop Exercises for Proposed Space Command

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said he intends to arrange tabletop exercises in the fall of this year to help the Defense Department establish and explore the “war fighting attributes” of a new combatant command for space, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. Dunford wrote a memo to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to address the latter’s concerns about U.S. Space Command’s acquisition responsibilities.

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