An Air Force Tech. Sgt. "supra coder" with the 45th Security Forces Squadron, writes code in an application, April 25, 2022, at Patrick Space Force Base, Fla. Supra coders are Airmen and Guardians who perform duties developing, managing, and designing software for the United States Space Force. (Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Samuel Becker)
Bipartisan bills now pending before Congress would establish a Space National Guard. Sens. Dianne Feinstein, (D-CA) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sponsored the Senate measure, which is essentially identical to a House bill proposed by Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) last year.
“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,” Feinstein said.
“Creating a Space Force National Guard would boost our military readiness and increase efficiency,” Rubio said.
The lawmakers acted even though the Air Force, Space Force and National Guard Bureau each have developed a plan on paper for the establishment of a Guard component for the nation’s newest armed service. The pending bills are necessary, supporters on Capitol Hill say, because the 2022 defense-spending bill contained no provisions for funding a Space Force National Guard.