Kathleen Hicks Says President’s FY24 Defense Budget Request Includes $33B for Space Capabilities

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Kathleen Hicks, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense, said the Biden administration’s proposed fiscal year 2024 defense budget of $842 billion would allocate $33.3 billion for the development of a resilient space architecture and improvement of space command and control capabilities, DOD reported Monday.

Hicks, a 2023 Wash100 awardee, told attendees during a press briefing Monday that such capabilities seek to ensure the safety of space from civilian, military and commercial operations.

This the largest DOD space budget ever. It funds diverse constellations for both sensing and communications, while also leveraging America’s world-leading commercial space sector,” she said.

The deputy DOD secretary said the proposed defense budget includes $67.4 billion for cybersecurity, information technology and electronic warfare capabilities, $30.6 billion for munitions and $1.4 billion for the Joint All-Domain Command and Control concept to help the department maintain its decision and information advantage.

Hicks was joined by Navy Adm. Christopher Grady, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the briefing.

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