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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3774


To amend title 10, United States Code, to establish the position of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

December 18, 2018

Mr. Cruz introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services


A BILL

To amend title 10, United States Code, to establish the position of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space.

(a) Establishment of position.—Section 138(b) of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

“(5) One of the Assistant Secretaries is the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space. The Assistant Secretary shall have as the Assistant Secretary's principal duty the overall supervision (including oversight of policy and resources) of space activities of the Department of Defense. The Assistant Secretary is the principal civilian adviser to the Secretary of Defense on space operations and space conflict matters and (after the Secretary and the Deputy Secretary of Defense) is the principal space official within the senior management of the Department of Defense. Subject to the authority, direction, and control of the Secretary, the Assistant Secretary shall do the following:

“(A) Exercise authority, direction, and control of all space administrative matters relating to the organization, training, and equipping of space forces.

“(B) Assist the Secretary in the development and supervision of policy, program planning and execution, and allocation and use of resources for the activities of the Department of Defense for the following:

“(i) Space operations, defending national security assets in space, and the other space activities of the Department.

“(ii) Integration of the activities of the Department to most efficiently and effectively provide for space-related activities.

“(C) Perform such additional duties as the Secretary may prescribe.”.

(b) Plan on acquisition system for defense space resources.—

(1) PLAN REQUIRED.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the appointment, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, of the first Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space appointed after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space shall submit to the congressional defense committees a plan to establish a separate, alternative acquisition system for defense space resources, including for acquisitions with respect to space vehicles, ground segments relating to such vehicles, and satellite terminals.

(2) SCOPE.—The plan required by paragraph (1) shall cover acquisitions of defense space resources for the Department of Defense, other than resources for the National Reconnaissance Office and other elements of the Department that are elements of the intelligence community (as defined in section 3 of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 3003)).

(3) ELEMENTS.—The plan required by paragraph (1) shall include recommendations on whether the alternative acquisition system covered by the plan should use the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System process or another requirements process that is developed by the Assistant Secretary for purposes of the plan.

(4) CONGRESSIONAL DEFENSE COMMITTEES DEFINED.—In this subsection, the term “congressional defense committees” has the meaning given that term in section 101(a)(16) of title 10, United States Code.