Organizing Spacepower: Conditions for Creating a US Space Force

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce the latest paper in its Mitchell Institute Policy Papers series, “Organizing Spacepower: Conditions for Creating a US Space Force,” by Lt Col Michael Martindale, USAF, PhD, the associate director of the Institute for National Security Studies at the US Air Force Academy and Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.), the dean of the Mitchell Institute.

As the White House, Congress, and the Department of Defense debate the way forward on a proposed new “US Space Force” championed by President Donald J. Trump, Martindale and Deptula take a step back from the debate and lay out some of the conditions and considerations for ensuring the construction of a new space-centered force actually achieves its stated goals. Their new policy paper argues that the eventual creation of such a force is a good idea, however there are important conditions which must be met in order to ensure such an organization will succeed in meeting US national security space objectives.

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