WASHINGTON — A House Armed Services subpanel plans to create a new “Space Corps” within the Air Force so the military can better answer threats in space.
The move comes in the Strategic Forces Subcommittee’s section of the annual defense policy bill. A summary was released Tuesday.
The Space Corps would be a separate military service responsible for national security space programs the Air Force is responsible for today. The Space Corps would also be new sub-unified command within U.S. Strategic Command, elevating the space mission to a four-star command.
“We view this as a first, but critical step, to fixing the National Security Space enterprise,” the lawmakers said.
The subpanel is set to markup and vote to advance its section of the bill to the full committee on Thursday. The HASC is set to mark up its version of the bill next week.
The measure comes a week after new Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced the service will create a new three-star billet as deputy chief of staff for space operations. After the Air Force first announced the move in April, Rogers and Cooper said it was too timid.