Policy Playbook: U.S. Space Force
The U.S. Space Force (USSF) is the proposed space warfare branch of the U.S. military. The proposed military branch's roles would include operating missile warning systems, performing reconnaissance, operating imaging satellites, and maintaining space situational awareness, which involves keeping track of where orbiting bodies are to avoid collisions.
The White House first proposed a USSF as part of its FY2020 budget request. The proposal was initially met with skepticism by lawmakers, defense officials, and media members. In our view, this means any new USSF will take a while to work through the legislative process. The point to remember is that the legislative gears of Washington tend to move slowly, especially on changes a large as building and operating a new military branch.
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