HASC strategic forces draft bill presses DoD on space procurements, use of commercial tech

June 22, 2020

Space News

The House Armed Services Committee’s strategic forces subcommittee on June 21 released its proposals for the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act in advance of the markup scheduled for June 22 by subcommittee Chairman Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Mike Turner (R-Ohio).

The draft bill is heavy on nuclear weapons policy and missile defense. On space issues, it raises questions abou DoD’s use of commercial space technology, DoD’s acquisition strategy for satellite-based communications and the future plans of the Space Development Agency.

The markup includes several space-related provisions:

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