WASHINGTON — In some of the most strongly worded remarks to date, Stephen Kitay, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, argued on Tuesday that the United States needs a Space Force as a separate branch of the armed forces to protect the space-based infrastructure that supports the civilian economy and the U.S. military.
“The scope and scale of the threats to our space systems is at an all time high and expanding,” Kitay said in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Kitay has been a central player in pitching the Pentagon’s Space Force proposal to congressional committees. Before he came to the Pentagon, Kitay served as a professional staff member on the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Service Committee, and was one of the architects of the Space Corps legislation that the House proposed in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. The proposal was stricken from the final version of the NDAA due to lack of support in the Senate.
Anti-satellite missiles are being deployed by China, Kitay said. “Why do we care? Because our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines depend on space. Our national leadership depends on space ...