SN Military.Space | DoD space budget: Billions for next-gen satellites, launch vehicles; New funding lines for ‘rapid acquisitions’13 Feb 2018, 23:19 UTC
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HOT TOPIC: New direction for DoD space investments. Pentagon 2019 budget proposal ‘pivots’ to next-generation satellites
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein. (Credit: USAF)
It had been hinted for months that the Trump administration’s FY-19 defense budget would make serious investments in military space in response to growing threats from Russia and China. An initial look at the budget documents released on Monday reveals that spending on space is up only modestly but that priorities appear to be shifting. The request includes $9.3 billion for military space programs — $4.8 billion for satellites, $2.4 billion for launch vehicles and $2.1 billion for maintenance and support. Officials said this budget marks a “pivot” from investments in systems that were built for an era when the United States was unchallenged in outer space to a future when adversaries could threaten U.S. access and freedom to operate in space.
“We are in a more dangerous security environment than we have seen in ...