On Friday, US lawmakers advanced a defense bill which includes a provision to establish a new branch in the military; the “Space Corps”, which would focus on space operations. The Space Corps measure has met stiff resistance from the Trump administration, which stated that there’s no need to establish another tier of military bureaucracy.
Proponents and lawmakers see the military’s space assets and its massive reliance on satellites as needing a “stand-alone branch to protect and monitor them.” The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) spending bill, approved by the House of Representatives last Friday, includes an amendment that would create the Space Corps by taking functions currently under the USAF and placing these in a separate command. It’s unlikely that the Space Corps will come into being, so far, as the Senate’s version of the NDAA has no such provision.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis made his feelings known about the issue, saying: “At a time when we are trying to integrate the department’s joint warfighting functions, I do not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations,” Mattis said to Congressman Michael Turner. “It would be premature to add additional organizational and administrative tail to the Department at a time I am trying to reduce overhead,” he added.
Published by: The War Files