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Senate has authenticated the defense bill to stir up a stand-off with President Trump

Early this month, the majority of the Senate members agreed to make the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act into law, with the act resorting to the defense policy bill reshuffled to meet some of the demands of those against it. This bill passed with many votes terming any efforts to revert it by presidential jurisdiction futile. On the other hand, the House passed the NDAA earlier than the Senate, with more than two-thirds of the legislators agreeing with the changes. This move is enough to make the president powerless in dictating the direction that the action takes, forcing him to agree with it. 

The NDAA allocates $740.5 million to national defense and will be coming into the president’s hands, which he has to decide. The president had initially declared his intentions to veto the NDAA since it does not align with a portion of the Communications Act that cushions online firms from legal tussles for content channeled by their users. President Trump was also in disagreement over the renaming of military bases to commemorate the Confederate officers. Additionally, he was against the regulations barring him from switching the money meant to facilitate military units’ development to other programs. 

Some of the bill’s aspects concerning national security space and the US Space Force are outlined in this writing. First, the bill requires the Department of the Air Force to enumerate a procurement strategy for acquiring space systems before mid next year. Congress expressed its concerns over the speed of the process of Space Force obtaining the advanced technology systems to command their place in the commercial space industry. Additionally, the secretary governing the Air Force is obligated to deliver the report detailing how they chose and identified the most appropriate location that would become the Space Command headquarters. Moreover, the Space Force must initiate the research and development programs to create a rivalry in the National Security Space Launch systems. This strategy aims to activate the space launch providers’ innovative side to identify the most suited to run the Phase 3 deals. Additionally, this rivalry would help the government know where to channel their resources to promote national security deployments. 

Next, the bill calls for the disbursement of $90 million in the financial year 2021, awaiting authorization from appropriators. This cash will ensure that Air Force acquires space awareness resources from a minimum of two dealers. Additionally, the Pentagon will be under obligation to process small launch missions that deploy small payloads in case of emergencies. Finally, the Defense Department will procure local commercial satellite services to facilitate their operations.

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