A continuing resolution (CR) is an enigma for Space Force – Raymond

Congress will be authenticating a continuing resolution to finance the US government when the new financial year starts this October. If Congress decides to lengthen the CR to the next financial year, then the US Space Force will be under financial strain since its funds embedded in the Air Force budget will delay. All monies in the Air Force budget are only apportionable when the budget is within one financial year. This explanation implies that Space Force will have to halt some of its projects which need money.

Gen. John “Jay” Raymond of the US Space Force explained that an extended CR would barricade some of their essential projects on Tuesday. He stated this in a virtual Air Force Cyber Conference.

Raymond revealed that billions of cash that would have moved from the Air Force’s budget to Space Force would hold until the extended CR comes to its end. He argues that this would decapitate their operations and programs. The funds in question are vital in operations and programs like maintenance, research and development, test flights, acquisition of payloads, and emergency war spendings.

The US president and his Congress legislators discuss terms of the CR to prevent governmental paralysis of various operations. The CR in question would be partially effective in 2020 and wait until Congress apportions the fiscal budget that terminates it next year.

Raymond explained that their biggest problem is the vast funds planned for their operations, which the CR impedes their descending to Space Force. The White House tabled a report which contains ambiguities in the CR to Congres for it to resolve them quickly and amicably. One of the titles is the challenge of the Space Force accessing crucial funds through the CR.

Raymond explained the essence of Congress resolving these ambiguities as quickly as possible. He added that the legislators must amend some terms and clauses in the CR to prevent financial tussles and tugs. Space Force will encounter changing accounts when Congress passes a new appropriation bill.

The CR bars agencies like Space Force from initiating new programs that can be essential for their projects’ performance. Some of the projects that would be affected by the CR include the acquisition of new GPS satellites and the upscaling of the National Space Defense Center at its Colorado Springs facility.

In conclusion, Raymond expressed his fear that these important projects would be back-pedaled by the CR extension. Additionally, he worries that there will be arguments with the National Reconnaissance Office over terrestrial space if the facility in Colorado Springs does not expand to completion and in time.