Issue Brief: The FY22 Defense Space Budget Request Analysis

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The United States Space Force grew more than any other military service in the fiscal year 2022 budget request. This growth not only represents organic growth but also transfers budget from the other services. The Space Force continues to consolidate defense space activities, though several defense agencies still have independent space efforts. Classified spending makes up more than a quarter of the Space Force budget and has grown faster than the overall budget despite continued efforts by senior leaders to declassify more of the Space Force’s activities. The fiscal year 2022 budget reflects the continued importance of space to the U.S. military.