The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the Trump administration’sÂ proposal to establish a Space Force as part of the panel’sÂ fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, the Hill reported Thursday.
The $750 billion NDAA earmarks $72.4 millionÂ to establish theÂ new military branchÂ to operate under the U.S. Air Force and mandates the appointment of a Space Force commander. The commander will concurrently serve as head of theÂ U.S. Space Command until separate commander roles for the two entities are created followingÂ a one-year period.
According to senior committee aides, the Senate panel advanced the Space Force proposal because of the military branchâs goals to consolidate government operations, establish the space warfighting domain and address acquisition issues.Â
âOur strategy will set the Space Force up for success now and in the future, minimizing bureaucracy in the force,â said the committeeâs chairman Jim Inhiofe, R-Okla., in a statement.