President-elect Joe Biden will inherit his predecessor’s signature military Space Force, yet the pace of its development hinges on lawmakers resolving a fundamental dispute: how the new service can spend money.
For six months, the Space Force has been locked in a dispute with the White House over how much autonomy it should have to speed up buying and fielding space hardware and software.
President Donald Trump’s push for the Space Force drew widespread bipartisan support in Congress amid growing concern that China and Russia are making threatening advances in their own military space programs. Their capabilities could target systems such as GPS and banking that are integral to U.S. military operations and civilian life.
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