"The threats that we face to our on-orbit capabilities from our strategic competitors [have] grown substantially", he told CNBC's "Manifest Space" podcast.
The Space Force has grown substantially since its 2019 inception: Both in terms of personnel and budget.
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As Statista's Martin Armstrong shows in the infographic above, end-strength personnel in 2021 was almost 10 thousand, while the budget was $15.4 billion.
In 2023. the personnel level had to over 13,500. Representing an even larger jump, Space Force's budget leapt up to nearly $25 billion in 2023.