The House of Representatives has favored National Defense Authorization Act for the coming year with a majority of the votes.
The chairperson of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, stated that this is the 60th successive year that the House is passing the NDAA. The Senate is the next House to decide concerning its own NDAA this week. Various changes associated with the Space Force and US space regulations are in this bill.
Rep. Salud Carbajal suggests allowing the Space Development Agency exclusive recruiting authority to motivate more engineers and technicians to join the science and engineering departments. Rep. Dan Crenshaw advises the Space Force to copy the system and rank the formation of the Navy.
Rep. Charlie Crist requested for the coronavirus implications on the industrial space base and the DoD space programs. Rep. Jason Crow adds that DoD space strategy should cover the study of Iran and North Korea. He also requests the Director of National Intelligence to be the senior executive contributing to the plan.
Rep. Doug Lamborn requests for a DoD survey on the operations and procedures of identifying and procuring frequency licenses concerning the national security space ground assets. White House warns that President Trump will inquire into the NDAA report highlighting policy differences with the House.
A statement released by Office of Management and Budget in White House reveals that the president’s significant objection to the NDAA bill is to alter the names of military bases for the Confederate army officials. The other reasons for the opposition of the House version of NDAA are the space policy provisions.
The NDAA bill of the House demands that the Pentagon should create position of Assistant Secretary of the Defense for the Space as well as Strategic Deterrence Policy, whose purpose is to oversee nuclear, space, deterrence and missile defense. The committee submits that aligning the missile defense, nuclear deterrence, and space policy in the custody of one assistant secretary will hasten the creation of new systems’ policies and procurement.
The White House stated that the administration is against topping up nuclear deterrence and missile defense authority to the responsibilities of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy. Another amendment passed by the House implies that the Missile Defense Agency would have the power to design a sensor network for sensing high-speed missiles. The Pentagon believes that this role should be between the MDA and the Space Development Agency.
Finally, the Trump administration is in terms of this policy on the part where the potential of advanced space-based sensing is vital to the missile defense. The objection for this policy lies in creating a high-speed missile sensor since it would curtail other agencies’ activities.