U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has affirmed the service’s support for President Donald Trumpâs plans to establish a “space force” and insisted that discussions are necessary to create the proposed organization, Space News reported Wednesday.
Wilson, a 2018 Wash100 awardee, told audience at a Defense News-hosted conference she expects the Air ForceÂ to submit a proposal with Trumpâs fiscal 2020 spending blueprint thatÂ would includeÂ his Department of Space proposal.
âIf we are going to do this we should do it right,” she added.
She noted that such a department must have its ownÂ acquisition process similar to that of the Air Force.
Rep. Adam Smith (D-Washington), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, also said during the Defense News event that Congress aims to ensure thatÂ the Space Force is implemented “properly.”
Trump unveiledÂ the proposalÂ after he signed the Space Policy Directive-3, whichÂ directs federal agencies and industry to jointly introduce a new space traffic management framework.