by Douglas MessierManaging Editor
It would cost from $100 million to $490 million annually to operate a Space National Guard to serve as a reserve for the newly established U.S. Space Force, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
The Space Force is currently authorized to operate with active-duty personnel only. A Space National Guard would be a reserve force that would be called up as needed to provide additional resources.
CBO examined two scenarios for creating the reserve force:
transferring 1,500 personnel from existing Air National Guard and Army National Guard units to a new Space National Guard; and,creating a larger Space National Guard composed of 4,900 to 5,800 personnel.
CBO estimated the Department of Defense (DoD) would need to spend an additional $100 million annually to maintain the smaller force of 1,500 personnel.
“Creation of such a force also would probably result in onetime costs of about $20 million for the construction of additional facilities,” the report stated.
A larger Space National Guard with 4,900 to 5,800 personnel would be “one-third the size of the Space Force, the same size that the Air National Guard currently is in relation to the Air Force,” ...