Air Force: Space Force would cost $13B over 5 years

Christopher Davidson
September 22, 2018

Wilson would strongly oppose that because she believes space acquisitions should be owned by a military service.

Brig. Gen. David Gaedecke, the director for the Air Force's Cyberspace Operations and Warfighting Integration and CIO for the Information Dominance office, pointed to the development of the Aeronet as an example of quickly fielding new capabilities.

Trump's sprint to develop a Space Force became apparent during an emphatic June 18 speech to the National Space Council.

The proposals differ significantly from those released last month by Patrick Shanahan, a deputy secretary of Defense, and suggest substantial infighting among the Pentagon's top brass over how to build the new force.

But Wilson also said the Air Force, which executes "about 90 percent" of US military operations related to space, does not "have to wait" to be the strongest force in outer space. Mattis said the US can not afford "complacency in any domain" and recognized cyberspace and outer space as war-fighting domains on par with land, air and sea.

The Air Force provided this graphic with a summary of the proposed plan. Its annual Air, Space, and Cyber conference is now underway outside Washington, D.C. Muck also highlighted the need to consider small businesses for subcontracting opportunities while Darlene Costello, the Air Force's principal deputy assistant secretary for acquisition, pushed for looser past performance requirements in contracts, quick contracting such as other transaction authorities for fixed amounts and using small businesses over prime companies for quick innovative work.

Former School of Mines president and current Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson laid out the vision for the future at the Air Force Association Conference in Maryland.

But opponents will probably seize on the Air Force estimate that building the space force will cost $3.3 billion in the first year and $12.9 billion over five years as evidence that it would be too costly for a defense budget likely to be severely stretched in coming years. Gen. Billy Mitchell (widely regarded as the father of the U.S. Air Force) in 1925 after he vehemently accused the Army and Navy leadership of failing to prioritize air power. "Help us break new boundaries and continue to dominate in space".

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"To split up the well-integrated set of air and space capabilities that have been organized to seamlessly contribute to America's military capabilities would result in more harm than good", the AFA said in a statement on Monday.

Dr. Wilson said the Air Force is more ready for combat today than they were two years ago. This would mean the Air Force would number over 725,000 by 2030. It not only provides the best possible vantage point to surveil activity on earth, it also greatly facilitates navigation, communication, targeting, and command and control. "Too much mission, too few dollars".

One of the concerns among critics is that federal money will inevitably go into bureaucratic overhead costs, such as establishing a new headquarters instead of operations and research.

These actions include restructuring of the Space and Missiles Systems Center, which will enhance purchasing of space systems, and working with the Joint Staff to establish and support a unified combatant command for space.

She says the Air Force needs to add 75 new squadrons by 2030.

Congress will be the ultimate arbiter of whether a new department is created or not.

The U.S. Air Force had 401 squadrons in 1987, at the peak of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), then chaired by the late Sen.

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