The Trump administration has proposed that a Space Force “separate but equal” from the Air Force be established. This idea is widely opposed in the Pentagon and would likely waste billions of dollars while making the joint force weaker. Among other things, it would create new barriers to joint force cooperation, spawn a sprawling new bureaucracy, and reduce the incentives for other services to pay attention to space challenges. Congress should oppose the administration’s request for legal authorities to stand up the new service when they accompany the defense department’s fiscal 2020 budget request to Capitol Hill early next year. I have written a commentary for Forbes on why the Space Force is such a bad idea here.
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