White House cites ‘need to reduce administrative expenses’
The White House says it “strongly opposes” the creation of the Space National Guard, citing “the need to reduce administrative expenses”, while the Biden administration remains committed to “prioritizing development” of space capabilities .
The White House Office of Management and Budget released its Statement of Administration Policy on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 20 – HR 4350.
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“The Administration strongly supports the enactment of the National Defense Authority (NDAA) for the 61st year in a row and is grateful for the strong, bipartisan work this year by the House Armed Services Committee on behalf of America’s National Defense,” OMB said in a statement. ” Weeks, adding that the Biden administration “looks forward” to working with Congress “to determine an appropriate and responsible level of defense spending to support the nation’s security.”
The OMB, on a point-by-point basis, went through a number of provisions included in the NDAA, supporting or opposing specific proposals.
As for the Space National Guard, the OMB said, “the administration strongly opposes the creation of the Space National Guard.”
“When the Space Force was established, Congress and the Administration alike emphasized the need to reduce administrative expenses and prioritize the development of space capabilities; this administration is committed to that approach,” OMB wrote.
The OMB stated that establishing a Space National Guard “will not deliver new capabilities”, but instead, “will create a new government bureaucracy.” The OMB said the Congressional Budget Office estimates the additional costs will add up to $500 million annually.
“The Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units with space missions have not adversely affected DoD’s space missions since the inception of the Space Force,” the OMB wrote. “Congress on Alternative Space Force Concepts That Are Efficient, Effective, and Suitable for Space Missions.”
The Space Force was created under the Trump administration, becoming the sixth branch of the US military in 2019. Congress enacted the Space Force in December 2019, which aims to protect US special interests in space capabilities.
When created, the Space Force had an estimated size of 16,000 troops and an annual budget of $15.4 billion.
of branch Responsibilities include “Developing military space professionals, acquiring military space systems, maturing military doctrine for space power, and organizing space forces to present to our combat commands.
Former President Trump was the first to call for the creation of the Space Force May 2018. He signed an order in December 2019 to set up the branch.
In January, Granthshala News first reported that then-Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe had called the Space Force 18 of the intelligence community to “break down barriers” to information sharing and help inform community analysis of threats. th member was nominated. in the space.
Ratcliffe announced the designation of the US Space Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Enterprise, the intelligence component of the Space Force.
Meanwhile, President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 budget proposal sought from Congress $17.4 billion For the Space Force – this is a $2 billion increase in funding over the last budget year.