A House Armed Services panel plan to create a new fighting force called Space Corps within the Air Force to improve the U.S. military’s ability to address threats in space, according to a summary of the Strategic Forces panel’s forthcoming fiscal year 2018.
The Space Corps, would be a separate military service responsible for national security space programs for which the Air Force is today responsible.
The panel intends to mark up its portion of the sweeping defense policy measure.
Its mark also would establish U.S. Space Command as a four-star position under U.S. Strategic Command.
The measure would bar the Pentagon from buying satellite services if there is a threat that they could be compromised by cyber vulnerabilities or because they are launched by or contained parts from adversary nations.
The subcommittee also would authorize $705 million for missile defense systems in Israel that U.S. companies would develop or produce in conjunction with the Israelis.
The panel would institute oversight mechanisms to ensure a capable nuclear command and control infrastructure.
It would support several Missile Defense Agency priorities that were not formally part of the budget request but that were included on the agency’s first-ever unfunded priorities list, submitted to Congress earlier this month. These include requirement that the agency begin developing a new system of missile-tracking satellites and procure 24 additional interceptors for Theater High Altitude Area Defense batteries.