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US Governors Unite Against Biden’s Plans To Transfer Air National Guard to Space Force

The Biden administration is facing significant pushback from nearly all U.S. governors, including those from Democratic states, regarding its proposal to transfer Air National Guard units into the newly formed Space Force. 

This collective opposition was expressed in a strongly worded letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, highlighting concerns over national security and state autonomy.

In an unprecedented move, 53 governors from states and U.S. territories have voiced their strong opposition to the administration’s plan. 

The bipartisan group, including several of President Biden’s own political allies, signed a letter articulating their concerns that this shift would undermine longstanding military practices and operational readiness.

The governors argue that transferring space units from the Air National Guard to the Space Force disregards over a century of military organizational precedent. 

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“Governors must maintain full authority as Commanders in Chief of these assets to effectively protect operational readiness and America’s communities,” read the letter.

The governors assert that this move could weaken national security by diminishing their control over these military units, which play integral roles in both state and national defense.

The controversy stems from a legislative proposal sent by the Defense Department to Congress in March, which aims to bypass the traditional requirement for governors’ consent when making such changes. 

This proposal has sparked a debate about the legal authority and the balance of power between state and federal military oversight.

According to the governors, the proposed changes threaten to damage the crucial trust and cooperation between state governments and the Department of Defense (DoD). 

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Such a rift could have broader implications, especially at a time when national security threats are evolving and natural disasters require coordinated response efforts.

The National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) has also expressed disapproval of the DoD’s plan, advocating instead for the establishment of a separate Space National Guard. 

This stance suggests a preference for a more decentralized approach to military space operations, maintaining traditional state oversight.

In response to the governors’ letter, a White House spokesperson reiterated the administration’s opposition to creating a Space National Guard. 

With an emphasis on efficiency and strategic alignment, the administration backs the DoD’s recommendation to temporarily transfer a subset of Guard missions to the Space Force.

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Interestingly, the governors of Texas, Greg Abbott, and Florida, Ron DeSantis, respectively, chose not to sign the letter of opposition. 

Given that both governors are well-known Biden opponents, their decision to abstain highlights the nuanced political dynamics of this discussion.

The units proposed for transfer are critical to the U.S. military’s space and electromagnetic warfare capabilities. 

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall downplayed the disruption this move would cause, suggesting that the political uproar might be disproportionate to the actual impact on state National Guard forces.

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Secretary Kendall has explicitly rejected the notion that individual states need their own space forces, marking a clear federal stance against decentralizing America’s military space operations. 

His comments reflect a fundamental disagreement with the governors on the future structure of the U.S. military’s space capabilities.

The widespread gubernatorial opposition to integrating Air National Guard units into the Space Force highlights significant challenges for the Biden administration’s defense policy. 

As the debate unfolds, the administration will need to navigate complex legal, political, and operational issues to find a resolution that balances federal priorities with state rights and military effectiveness.

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