President Joe Biden plans on expanding one of former President Donald Trump’s initiatives. That’s certainly a change of pace for the administration, which has all but undone the Trump agenda.
Biden’s budget for the 2022 fiscal year will add $2 billion to the Space Force budget, Fox News reported. Unfortunately, the budget also includes across the board cuts of 5,400 in total military force.
The Trump administration added space Force through the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. It has become the sixth military branch and was conceived as an offshoot of the U.S. Air Force. While the administration has added to the new branch, it amounts to shifting resources away from the remaining five branches.
The Government Accountability Office has expressed concerns about the program, including difficulties coordinating equipment and personnel that might be counterproductive. “While the Space Force offers an important opportunity to streamline lines of authority, accountability, and decision-making and avoid duplication of effort, many details will require careful consideration,” the office’s report said.
Previously, Biden’s White House press secretary Jenn Psaki was also dismissive of the program when reporters asked about it. “Wow. Space Force. It’s the plane of today,” Psaki said in a press briefing in February. “It is an interesting question. I am happy to check with our Space Force point of contact. I’m not sure who that is.”
Psaki was forced to explain that the program actually had the “full support” of the administration. This recent addition to the budget confirms that the administration does plan on keeping and expanding the force.
On other fronts, however, Biden’s intention from day one seemed to be to reverse many policies from the Trump administration, a fact that even the New York Times acknowledged. He decimated Trump’s immigration policies, imposed a mask mandate, and rolled back the 1776 project, which was a patriotic answer to Critical Race Theory.
It’s encouraging to note the generous allocation from Biden’s new budget proposal. However, the program may still run into hiccups and lose momentum without Trump in office to advocate for it.