Presidential leadership, congressional support, and Department of Defense focus have set the environment for dramatic improvement of our national space capabilities.
Transform to more resilient space architectures,
Strengthen deterrence and warfighting options,
Foster conducive domestic and international environments for space development.
Establish a Space Development Agency, a joint organization charged with rapidly developing and fielding next-generation capabilities,
The United States faces rapidly growing threats to our space capabilities. China and Russia, our strategic competitors, are explicitly pursuing space warfighting capabilities to neutralize U.S. space capabilities during a time of conflict.
“Some new Russian and Chinese ASAT weapons, including destructive systems, will probably complete development in the next several years. …
“The global threat of electronic warfare (EW) attacks against space systems will expand in the coming years in both number and types of weapons.
President Trump directed the establishment of a Space Force to better protect U.S. vital interests in space. Like the other military branches, the Space Force will organize, train, & equip forces to protect national security interests in the physical domain of space.
Establishing the Space Force will be multi-dimensional and phased. In this first phase, using existing authorities, the Department of Defense will establish several of the component parts of the Space Force.
Space Development Agency – capabilities development and fielding,
Services and Support – leadership and support structures, and
Space Command – developing Space Force warfighting operations to protect U.S. national interests.
Second, the Department will develop the Space Operations Force to support the Combatant Commands.
The Department is focused on aligning existing capabilities and accelerating new warfighting capability.
The Department will:
Ensure unfettered access to, and freedom to operate in space,
Improve space support to Combatant Commands,
Accelerate capacity and capability,
Leverage DoD-enterprise support and service functions such as recruiting, facilities management, & medical rather than establishing redundant ones,
Minimize duplication of effort and eliminate bureaucratic inefficiencies.
Outlined below are steps toward the Space Force that are within the Department’s current authorities and will be taken in the coming months.