A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully launches the U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane.
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A new analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. focuses on the cost of creating a new military service for space, known as the Space Force.

Doing so is likely to be a hotly debated issue in the FY 2020 legislative cycle.

According to the CSIS report, one of the central questions about this proposal is how much it will cost and what the overall size and scope of the Space Force will be.

This just-issued brief provides rough estimates for the number of military and civilian personnel, the number and locations of bases, the budget lines that would transfer to the new organization, and the additional personnel and headquarters organization that would be needed for the new military service.

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Annual budget

This analysis finds that the total annual budget of the new service would range from $11.3 billion to $21.5 billion under the three options considered, more than 96 percent of which would be transferred from existing budget accounts within the Department of Defense.

Of these totals, only $0.30 billion to $0.55 billion would be new funding (or $1.5 to $2.7 billion over five years).

The report by Todd Harrison, director of Defense Budget Analysis and the director of the Aerospace Security Project at the CSIS, as well as research support provided by Nigel Mease, a Defense Budget Analysis intern at CSIS, is available at:


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