White House Continues to Press for Space Force as Separate Military Branch

The Trump Administration continues to press Congress to designate the newly created Space Force as a separate military service instead of being subordinate to the U.S. Air Force.

“The Administration strongly urges the Congress to explicitly designate the Space Force as a separate sixth branch of the Armed Forces and include all related technical and conforming amendments,” Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell T. Vought wrote in a letter to Congressional leaders.

“Further, quickly developing a strong, multifaceted culture is critical, and the Administration urges the Congress to provide authority to transfer personnel from all branches of the Armed Forces into the Space Force,” the letter added.

The plea came in a 12-page letter in which Vought listed numerous changes the administration is requesting in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2021 that is being reviewed by Senate and House negotiators.

“Elevating the space domain to be on par with the air, land, and sea domains is critical to advancing the role of space power in our national defense,” Vought wrote. “The Nation must transform our approach to space from a support function to a domain of competition-and potential conflict-in which our space forces are prepared to deter aggression and, if necessary, to fight and win.

“While the bill provides some elements to elevating the space domain, it does not provide the necessary legislative authority to establish the United States Space Force as the sixth branch of the Armed Forces,” he added.