The Air Force's space mission is unlikely to grow in fiscal 2017, but the service is working to organize the existing force for greater effectiveness, according to Winston Beauchamp, the deputy undersecretary of the Air Force for space.

"Right now the focus is on making better use of the workforce that we have now and so you'll see efforts like Space Mission Force," he said, according to an article in Air Force Times.

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Space Mission Force is an effort to keep airmen in space-related jobs for longer, and to more closely integrate the satellite operators with more senior airmen.

"It will ensure that you have folks with the appropriate experience on the operational staff should problems arise and it better develops the core workforce over time," he said.