Congress and Biden Administration are divided over establishing a new Space National Guard

Nov. 29, 2021
Advocates for a Space National Guard contend that a new organization is critical for the United States to maintain its competitive edge in space.

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration is strongly opposed” to creating a Space National Guard under the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, reasoning that it “would not deliver new capabilities; instead it would create new government bureaucracy. Air Force Times reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

29 Nov. 2021 -- Congress, on the other hand, is divided on whether to establish a Space National Guard apart from the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.

In July 2021, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to simply rename the Air National Guard to the “Air and Space National Guard.” In contrast, the House Armed Services Committee wants an entirely separate Space National Guard.

The Congressional Budget Office says establishing a Space National Guard could cost almost $500 million annually, with estimated one-time costs ranging between $400 million to $900 million for facilities and equipment.

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John Keller, chief editor
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