https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/07/25/space-force-funding-may-come-short-year-key-lawmaker-says.htmlAs Congress reviews the Trump administration's proposed Space Force, one lawmaker said funding within the fiscal 2020 defense budget may not be enough to get the new military service off the ground.
Rep. William "Mac" Thornberry, R-Texas, the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, told reporters Wednesday it will take time to balance the requirements coming from the White House, Congress and Pentagon for standing up a new service for space.
But "we've got to get it started," he said during a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C.
"I think we will come out of conference [with] a lean Space Force designed to meet the objectives that we all want to achieve."
Thornberry said the White House started with a "relatively simple" implementation plan. Then, the Defense Department sent its own additions, which "not many people support" on Capitol Hill in their current form, he said.
n the House, the proposed organizational structure for the Space Force differs slightly, with lawmakers dropping the "Force" name in favor of a "Space Corps" within the Air Force. The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the Defense Department's $72.4 million request for the Space Force; the House still may be looking to rein in that spending.