February 23, 2019

Editorial: Congress should approve the rightsized Space Force concept

Featuring Paul Scharre

Source: Omaha World-Herald

Journalist Omaha World-Herald Editorial Board

Keeping the Space Force within the Air Force, as directed by President Donald Trump this week, serves the national interest. There was no reason to create an entirely new and separate military branch when the Air Force already has laid the appropriate foundation for this work.

Our military and civilian sector both are enormously dependent on satellite communications, and foreign nations have developed major capabilities to harm U.S. space-based assets. The administration has rightly recognized that the priority needs to be strengthening and coordinating our space defenses against such attacks, rather than devoting energy to creating a new service branch.

Although the administration ultimately would like to have a separate Space Force as originally proposed by the president, “we’ve heard the concerns from Congress about not creating a large bureaucratic organization,” a White House official told the military news service Defense One. For the time being, the administration aims “to leverage the capabilities and the expertise that’s already resident in the Air Force.” U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, a former commander of the 55th Wing at Offutt Air Force, has called for that lighter approach.

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  • Paul Scharre

    Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and National Security Program

    Paul Scharre is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is the award-winning author of Army ...