White House asks for $72.4 million to fund Space Force headquarters

The White House wants $72.4 million to fund the establishment of Space Force headquarters, according to a statement released by the Department of Defense today.

That’s far less than previous estimates for standing up the Space Force. Last September, a leaked memo signed by Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson estimated that standing up the Space Force would cost $3.3 billion for fiscal year 2020, and nearly $13 billion over the next five years.

The idea behind the Space Force is to gather everyone in the military who works on space-related issues (satellite launches, etc) into one organization. The reorganization is part of a broader effort to consolidate and update military space initiatives that involves even more bureaucratic…

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