WASHINGTON — Top defense civilian and military leaders have been asked to testify next week in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee about President Trump’s proposal to establish a Space Force as a separate military service.
Committee Chairman Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Ranking Member Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) on Thursday announced there will be a full committee hearing on April 11 to examine the proposal.
The SASC is the toughest audience that Space Force proponents will have faced thus far. While the House Armed Services Committee has been critical of the proposal, it appears more likely to support at least a modified version of the administration’s plan. Many HASC members in 2017 voted to create a Space Corps in the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. The SASC, however, rejected the proposal and it was removed from the NDAA.
Trump said he wants the Space Force to be authorized in the fiscal year 2020 NDAA.
Based on recent meetings on Capitol Hill where Pentagon officials presented the proposal to SASC members and staffs, skepticism about the need for a separate space service remains strong within the committee, according to DoD sources. This raises the stakes for the ...