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Study: Space Force Needs to Define Mission, Work on Identity

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By    |   Monday, 16 March 2020 05:05 PM

The U.S. Space Force needs to work toward developing a singular identity while clearly defining its mission, according to a new Rand Corp. study.

The study, which was delivered to the Air Force last September but not released publicly until Monday, also recommended that most, if not all, of the Department of Defense's activities in space be consolidated under the new branch so it will have sufficient resources and size as it moves into organizing into an independent military service, reports Space News.

The study was requested Maj. Gen. Clinton Crosier, as part of his planning efforts to set up the Space Force as part of the Air Force. The study had been delivered about three months before the branch was established in the National Defense Authorization Act.

The Space Force set up in the NDAA does not match the Trump administration's earlier proposal to merge all Air Force, Army, and Navy space activities under the Space Force, but instead only authorized transfers from the Air Force, notes Rand.

Rand also recommended Space Force's headquarters built up resources, such as experts who can develop operational concepts and put together budget plans, would be essential in keeping the service independent.

"Lack of a coherent doctrine of space warfighting would present a challenge to the Space Force’s effectiveness in its early years and make it more difficult for the service to build a distinctive identity," RAND analysts said. "The small size of the Space Force relative to other services could also decrease its leverage in the defense community."

The Space Force should also start training people for space operations, intelligence, acquisition and science, said the study. The service will have an initial estimated size of 16,000 personnel, and will need to bring in officers from the Air Force or other branches, Rand said.

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