On August 30, Colorado representatives Jason Crow (D) and Doug Lamborn (R) announced that they would introduce legislation to establish the United States Space Force Reserve as a reserve unit of the United States Space Force.
House Armed Services Committee member Lamborn and co-chair of House Space Force Caucus, Crow is a member of House Armed Services Committee. The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) is slated to take up National Defense Authorization Act for 2022.
Because the Space Force was established by legislation in December 2019, the question as to whether Space Force might have its Space National Guard has undergone the debating stage. Leaders of the National Guard Bureau have publicly criticized the Department of Défense’s decision to establish the United States, Space Force, without clarifying the responsibility the National Guard will play in embracing the new service.
There are over 2,000 space operations specialists across eight states and Guam, who work in eight different locations. The states include Florida, New York, Arkansas, Alaska, Hawaii, California, Colorado, and Ohio. The majority of them are members of the Air National Guard, with a small number of them being members of the Army National Guard.
Strategic missile warning, space control, space situational awareness, satellite communications, electronic warfare satellite command and control, and space launch are just a few of the specialties of the National Guard’s space operations experts. Some of these units also support the National Reconnaissance Office.
“Colorado has more National Guardsmen participating in space missions than any other state in the United States. “I am delighted to join Rep. Crow on this critical issue,” Lamborn stated in a statement released on August 30.
The Colorado National Guard, with over a third of all the National Guard personnel assigned to space operations domiciled here in the state, will play an important role in equipping the Space Force with a proven, ready combat reserve, according to Governor John Crow.
This summer, leadership from the Air Force and the Space Force informed members of the House Armed Services Committee that they had finished a report needed by the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, which detailed their plans for organizing the Guard and Reserve components of the Space Force. That assessment has not been made public at this time.
Whether or not the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 has been passed. On December 11, 2020, the bill passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate with veto-proof majorities. The bill was vetoed by President Donald Trump on December 23. In order to overcome Trump’s veto, both the House of Representatives and the Senate approved on December 28, 2020, as well as January 1, 2021, respectively. This was the sole veto override during Trump’s presidency.