October 18, 2019

WASHINGTON—This week, Rep. Mark Green introduced a bill to establish an Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space. The Assistant Secretary would report to the Secretary of Defense and oversee the growth and expansion of the United States Space Force.

“As China and Russia develop military capabilities in space, from laser weapons to anti-satellite missiles, establishing this position is a critical step to ensure our Nation’s security in space,” said Rep. Green. “The Pentagon has warned us repeatedly of the advancing threat of Chinese and Russian weapons that target U.S. space systems, stating earlier this year that China’s lasers could be ready to disable American satellites by 2020.”

“We must ensure we are prepared to protect the freedom and security of our Nation, whether that’s on our borders or in the vast expanse of space,” Green continued. “That’s why I’m introducing this bill to dedicate resources to that final frontier and help launch the sixth armed service to join the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard.” 

The companion to Rep. Green’s legislation has been introduced into the Senate by Sen. Ted Cruz. On his dedication to seeing these bills passed, Green said, “We’ve got to renew our resolve, and we’ve got to fight for a strong America. We’ve got to provide for our common defense and return to outer space.”