WASHINGTON — The current Congressional proposal to create a special Space Corps to lead U.S security programs for that realm likely will amount to nothing, suggested Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson.
Addressing the proposal Sept. 12 during a panel discussion on space hosted by Politico, Wilson said simply, “That’ll sort itself out.”
A big proponent for the creation of a Space Corps — a special unit within the Air Force similar in structure to the Marine Corps to focus on space operations and acquisition — is Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.
A Space Corps would be a better steward of space matters than the Air Force would be, Rogers said Sept. 6 during a keynote speech at a Center for Strategic and International Studies conference, because there would be no competing interests as there are now with space falling under the Air Force structural umbrella.
The Air Force’s inability to put space first, he said, has created acquisition and operational problems.
But several former Air Force officials at the conference contended the service should, and can, be the entity that controls most of space national security programs, without the ...