New Space Force Will Need Resources, Clear Definition of Warfighting Mission
Mar 13, 2020
As the United States creates the Space Force as a service within the Department of the Air Force, RAND assessed which units to bring into the Space Force, analyzed career field sustainability, and drew lessons from other defense organizations. The report focuses on implications for effectiveness, efficiency, independence, and sense of identity for the new service.
Creating a Military Service for Space
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The Department of Defense is creating the Space Force as an independent service within the Department of the Air Force to ensure access to, and freedom to operate in, space and to provide vital capabilities to joint and coalition forces in peacetime and across the spectrum of conflict. It has been 72 years since the United States last created a new military service, the Air Force. The other military services date back to the first years of the American nation. Because the Department of Defense does not often create military services, this is an opportune time to consider the implications of creating an independent Space Force.
RAND developed an analytic approach to determine which units to bring into the Space Force. The authors asked how a transfer might affect any of the following four organizational attributes: effectiveness, efficiency, independence, and sense of identity. Then, the authors assessed a set of career fields to consider whether they would be sustainable in the Space Force. These analyses are complemented with an examination of other organizations that the Department of Defense has created to gain insights into potential challenges that the Space Force might face as it stands up and grows into its role.
Contextual Background for the Space Force
Planning for the Force: Analytic Approach for Determining Which Activities Should Transfer to the Space Force
Planning for the Force: Activities and Organizations That Should Transfer to the Space Force
Career Field Sustainment Within the Space Force
Lessons from the Creation of Other Military Organizations
Charting an Adaptive Approach to Implementation
Case Studies: Other Examples of Organizational Change
Career Field Sustainability: Acquisition Officers
The research described in this report was sponsored by Major General Clinton Crosier, Deputy, Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategy, Integration and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and conducted within RAND Project AIR FORCE.
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