Earl Matthews,Â vice president ofÂ DXC Technology‘s enterprise security solutions group, has said the establishment of a new space-focused military branch under a House bill could divert the U.S. government from issues facing the U.S. Air Force and the Defense Department.
â€œThe focus on space needs to be squarely on situational awareness: our ability to monitor and predict what will happen in space, given the complex on-orbit maneuver capabilities of Russia and China,â€ Matthews wrote in an article published Friday in Signal Magazine.
His remarks came months after the House Armed Services CommitteeÂ voted on its version of fiscal 2018 defense policy billÂ in June that would direct DoD to form the Space Corps by 2019.
Matthews also cited the joint force’s need to continue to focus on â€œmultidomain integration,” the re-establishment of the U.S. Space Command as a combatant command and budgetary concerns.
â€œWhen you look at the Air Forceâ€™s mission to support the joint fightâ€”namely intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and spaceâ€”as well as tactical and strategic air operations, there arenâ€™t enough dollars to go around,â€ the retired Air Force major general said.
â€œCreating a separate space or cyber service would only further dilute the wellspring of funds.â€