A fiscal 2017 intelligence spending bill the House approved Thursday contains a provision that would transfer some of the U.S. Air Force‘s weather satellite missionsÂ toÂ theÂ National Reconnaissance Office, Space News reported Friday.
Phillip Swarts writes theÂ Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 would giveÂ NRO authority to procureÂ military weather surveillance satellites and shiftÂ fundsÂ for such programs to NRO betweenÂ FY 2018 and FY 2022.
“The committee has been concerned with the Air Forceâs lack of planning, coordination, and execution of activities to meet the top two Joint Requirements Oversight Council certified requirements for space-based environmental monitoring,” according toÂ a report accompanying the House’s draftÂ version of theÂ bill.
The Federation of American Scientists reported FridayÂ that lawmakers crafted theÂ bill inÂ response to intelligence policies established byÂ the Obama Administration.
“It is now more important than ever that we give the IC the tools it needs to keep us safe and provide the necessary oversight required to ensure that they act in a manner consistent with our values and at all times,” saidÂ Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.