Jacqueline Klimas, national security reporter at Politico, discusses what a Democratic House means for the Space Force proposal, and what’s next for the NASA InSight Mars lander.
The official proposal to establish the Space Force is due to the Office of Management and Budget by the end of November. However, with approval needed from a split Congress, it’s unknown whether the proposal will succeed. Jacqueline Klimas, national security reporter at Politico, says that Pentagon leadership isn’t worried about a launch failure. “Adam Smith, who is likely to be the new chair of the House Armed Services Committee, has said that he is 100% against a Space Force. There are space minded Democrats in the house who are fans of this. Jim Cooper from Tennessee… is very much in step with Mike Rogers as a big supporter of the Space Force,” Klimas said. “…Shanahan basically said that he talked to Adam Smith, and Adam Smith’s biggest concern is the cost and that they’re putting together a proposal that even people who are worried about the cost will be able to get behind in that single digit billions number. It is unclear if cost will be the biggest hurdle, but right now that seems to be the biggest obstacle.”