Does America Need a Space Force?

There are a number of reasons to think twice about building a full-blown Space Force. The first can be expressed in two words: excess bureaucracy. Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis acknowledged this risk in a 2017 letter to Congress on a prior iteration of the Space Force concept, when he stated that “ at a time when we are trying to integrate the Department's joint warfighting functions, I do not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations.” Mattis acquiesced once it became clear that developing a Space Force was the administration's party line – but he got it right the first time.

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