US Space Force Seeks 2,020 Civilian Acquisition Staff in 2022

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The Defense Department is requesting $17.4 billion for the U.S. Space Force in 2022, up from the $15.2 billion it received in the current budget year, or roughly a 7 percent increase after inflation.

In the request, Space Force is seeking $3.4 billion for operations and maintenance, up from $2.6 billion; $2.8 billion for procurement, up from $2.3 billion; and $11.3 billion for research, development, test, and evaluation, up from $10.5 billion.

The request includes $1.4 billion for two GPS III Follow-on satellites that have new spot beam anti-jam capabilities, and it requests funding for five National Security Space Launch vehicles.

In the 2022 request, Space Force seeks to grow its active duty end strength from 6,434 in 2021 to 8,400 Guardians. The larger number would include 2,020 civilian positions for space acquisition. Congress has repeatedly pressed the Space Force to build up its acquisition workforce and speed the delivery of new systems.

The RDT&E budget also seeks $2.451 billion for Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared missile warning system, which is meant to replace the Space Based Infrared Systems and reshape missile warning and missile defense to provide better protection for overhead satellites.


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