Bipartisan bill introduced to create Space National Guard

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Two U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would create a Space National Guard.

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the bill, titled the Space National Guard Establishment Act, that would create a Space National Guard.

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The branch would place Air National Guard members under the Space Force command structure to conduct U.S. Space Force missions.

In a news release, Rubio said, “Creating a Space National Guard would boost our military readiness and increase efficiency. It would also ensure that the Space Force retains needed talent. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this common-sense bill.”

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Feinstein added in the news release, “Without a National Guard component for Space Force, we risk losing many talented individuals who want to keep serving their country and their states after they leave active duty, and that is simply unacceptable. Creating a Space Force National Guard would also save money and ensure a smoother process in the event we need to activate personnel. Not establishing a Space National Guard was a mistake when Space Force was created, and this bill will remedy that.”

A plan has already been established by the U.S. Department of the Air Force, Space Force and the National Guard Bureau within existing budgeting and personnel constraints, the news release states, but that plan has yet to be implemented.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.