Members of Congress have laid the groundwork for the U.S Air Force to establish a new branch of the military, known as a Space Corps, by January of 2019. The proposal came from Congressmen Mike Rogers, R-Ala., and Jim Cooper. D-Tenn., the top representatives of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, which oversees military space operations. They introduced the legislation into the House Armed Services Committee National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Tuesday. According to a joint statement by Rogers and Cooper, the Space Corps would reorganize the national security space enterprise “to ensure prioritization of the space domain by creating a U.S. Space Corps as a separate military service within the Department of the Air Force and under the civilian leadership of the Secretary of the Air Force.” “There is bipartisan acknowledgement that the strategic advantages we derive from our national security space systems are eroding,” the statement said, “We are convinced that the Department of Defense is unable to take the measures necessary to address these challenges effectively and decisively, or even recognize the nature and scale of its problems.” Rogers told Space News “As I’ve been chairing this subcommittee for the last four years, we have seen time and again that our ability to meet new challenges in space is lethargic at best.” Space would fall under the command of its own chief, equal in rank to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, who would sit on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and answer to the Secretary of the Air Force. But Air Force leaders are rejecting the plan. “The Pentagon is complicated enough,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told reporters following her testimony in front of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. “This will make it more complex, add more boxes to the organization chart and cost more money. If I had more money, I would put it into lethality, not bureaucracy.”
This is a follow up to an earlier we posted (scroll down about 14 articles). The good Secretary isn’t wrong.. However well intentioned, it DOES seem like the creation of another bureaucracy is in the works. As many of you know, here at The Daily Buzz we’ve been advocating the need for more funding of both our civilian (i.e. NASA) AND military space programs (i.e. Air Force Space Command & the U.S. Army’s Space & Missile Defense Command or “SMDC”). But, such funding should be done so wisely, and not wasted on growing the size and scope of bloated, inefficient, bureaucratic government. Anyway, to read the rest of this article, click on the text above.