It is a significant estimate of $2.6 billion as it comes close to what the Pentagon believed would be the added expenses of standing up a Space Force
Fremont, CA: A report submitted to the congressional committee last week by the Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett suggests that the budget of the U.S. Space Force is expected to grow $2.6 billion over the next five years.
In the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress directed the Air Force to provide an approximate figure of what it will cost to stand up the Space Force and support its key programs for the next five years.
The Department of Air Force established the Space Force on Dec. 20 last year. In the budget request for the fiscal year 2021, the Air Force shifted $15.4 billion to the Space Force from their previously held Air Force appropriations. The recent $2.6 billion transfer would be the additional costs over and above that were transferred earlier from the Air Force accounts.
It is a significant estimate of $2.6 billion as it comes close to what the Pentagon believed would be the added expenses of standing up a Space Force. Many lawmakers, in the beginning, opposed the establishment of a space service thinking that the Space Force would add tens of billions of dollars of expenses and create a massive bureaucracy at the Pentagon. Later the White House and DoD lawmakers guaranteed that the costs would be about $500 million a year for the first five years.
A report titled "Space Force Funding Requirements" shows that budget growth is for the procurement of classified space systems. Some details of the report say that the Space Force procurement spending would rise from $2.4 billion in 2021 to $4.7 billion by 2025. The rise is basically driven by the growth in classified programs. The budget for research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) decreases from $10.3 billion in 2021 to $9.7 billion in 2025. Expenses of National Security Space Launch would increase from $1.05 billion in 2021 to $1.9 billion in 2025. There will be at least 26 launches over the five years. The maintenance and operations cost grows from 2.6 billion in 2021 to $3.2 billion in 2025. There will be around $300 million increase in the personal cost taking the $800 million from 2021 to $1.1 billion in 2025.
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