Space Force Authorized by House Armed Services Lawmakers

Space Force Authorized by House Armed Services Lawmakers

The House Armed Services Committee authorized language Thursday in its fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act bill that would create a new space force military branch.

The measure, offered by Rep. Jim Cooper (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Strategic Forces subcommittee and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), advanced with unanimous support and would authorize funding for a space corps within the Air Force, according to Defense News.

“It is not a $13 billion expenditure, a gold-plated plan like had been proposed to us by the Secretary of the Air Force,” Cooper said. “It is instead a reorganization so that space professionals can be properly recognized for their skill and ability and be promoted.”

The House defense bill differs from the Senate’s version which authorizes forming a new space military service with funding set at $72.4 million.

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