COLORADO SPRINGS — Congress may or may not enact a Space Force as a separate military branch. But if it does, the Air Force has a game plan ready to go.
“The Air Force was given the task of planning for the establishment of a Space Force so we move out smartly” once Congress authorizes the new branch, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said on Tuesday at the Space Symposium.
Wilson on Feb. 21 directed a team led by Air Force Maj. Gen. Clinton Crozier to develop an “initial work plan” to establish a Space Force under the Department of the Air Force. The plan was delivered to Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on March 22.
Wilson will be stepping down May 31 to become president of the University of Texas El Paso. A senior official told SpaceNews Wilson was closely involved in drawing up the Space Force plan and wanted to make sure it laid out a detailed transition.
According to a draft of the plan obtained by SpaceNews, the 22-page blueprint is “the most detailed planning to date with respect to the establishment of the U.S. Space Force, and will serve as the guiding roadmap for all follow-on ...