WASHINGTON — The Defense Department announced Oct. 30 it has established the office of the assistant secretary of defense for space policy, a new post that Congress directed in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.
In a memo Oct. 29, Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist said the new position will be filled by Justin Johnson, the acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy.
“The establishment of the assistant secretary of defense for space policy is a change of the civilian oversight of the space enterprise,” Norquist said in the memo.
A permanent assistant secretary will be nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Gregory Pejic, a special assistant to Norquist, will serve as the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy until an individual is appointed to the position.
The new position will be responsible for the “overall supervision of DoD policy for space warfighting” and for interagency coordination and international engagement on space policy and strategy, said Norquist’s memo. The assistant secretary for space policy reports to the undersecretary of defense for policy.
Defense analyst Todd Harrison, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said DoD is ...