October 15, 2018

Space Planning

Steve Hirsch

The way forward to developing a new Space Force and splitting out a sixth military service gained clarity at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference, where Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said the USAF has defined what she believes should be the “responsibilities and structure” of a new Space Force.

The Sept. 14 proposal, a copy of which was obtained by Air Force Magazine, estimates the Space Force comprise some 13,000 personnel, including a headquarters staff and secretariat, with close to 8,000 in the Space Force element. In her cover letter to the proposal, Wilson suggests the administration ask Congress for authority and resources to establish the Space Force headquarters in Fiscal 2020, with programs and personnel to follow a year later.