The HASC has approved the 2022 version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The approval took a 16-hour long markup session. The bill includes various provisions related to the US National security space policy and DOD procurement of technologies related to space. The bill has approved $23.9 billion that will be added to Pentagon’s $715 billion budget for 2022.
Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the HASC Chairman, had opposed the increment in the budget was but at the same time was supported by a large number of Democrats. This led to the passing of the 42-17 bill. The NDAA is yet to be passed by the House, which will then reach the Senate floor for consideration post-approval by the House.
The bill requires the space force to provide a report on Next-generation satellite communications that will replace Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) with more powerful communications. The bill also seeks a report related to the Impact of space debris, especially in the low Earth orbit. Many other space-related provisions have been added to the new bill.