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Patrick Shanahan: DoD Seeks to Grow ‘Margin of Dominance’ in Space

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Acting Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient Patrick Shanahan said the Department of Defense’s objective is to accelerate the “margin of dominance” in space to protect the country’s $19 trillion economy and military systems, the DoD website reported Wednesday.

Shanahan said Wednesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that DoD’s reorganization efforts to recognize space as a warfighting domain supports the goal and involves the creation of a new Space Force within the Department of the Air Force, development of a new Space Command and formation of a new Space Development Agency.

“The Space Force will operate like other branches of the armed services, organizing, training and equipping the force with Title X authorities. It will have formalized leadership, including a new undersecretary for space, and a chief of staff of the Space Force, to focus on developing space warfighting doctrine and culture,” he said.

Shanahan noted the new service branch will operate with approximately 15,000 to 20,000 personnel and funding similar to the Special Operations Command. He cited the need to leverage commercial space investment to address future warfighting challenges and technology capabilities the Space Development Agency plans to focus on in the future.

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