Congress decided to allocate $200 million for the Space Radar program, $66.4 million less than requested. Lawmakers specified in the 2007 defense authorization bill that those funds should go toward development of a single Space Radar system that meets joint requirements, including those of the Intelligence Community. Congress remains in a wait-and-see mode until the Air Force completes SR restructuring, possibly the same incremental, block approach the service plans for TSAT. Until then, lawmakers “do not believe it is prudent to move beyond technology development, systems engineering, and concept definition activities.” They also want the Secretary of Defense and Director of National Intelligence to submit a joint report by March 1, outlining respective roles and responsibilities, to include an updated memorandum of agreement.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.