Space Corps Crashes to Earth in Negotiated Defense Bill

The Pentagon won’t have to create a militarized space unit — known as Space Corps — under the negotiated version of the Fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, congressional staffers said Wednesday.

In the latest version of the defense policy bill, lawmakers removed language requiring such an overhaul of the Air Force’s space mission, but still required a study of the idea and also backed changes to the management of the space cadre, the staffers said during a background briefing on Capitol Hill.

That means the newly created Air Force A-11 Deputy Chief of Staff for Space Operations directorate — touted by Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson as an important change in…

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