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Defense Department officials are laying the groundwork for a Space National Guard even though the Pentagon’s Space Force proposal did not include provisions for a reserve component, the head of the Air National Guard said May 21. DOD stood up an internal group under the deputy defense secretary that periodically meets to plan the organizational piece of a new approach to space warfighting, Lt. Gen. Scott Rice said at an AFA breakfast on Capitol Hill. “We’re all in on having a Reserve and a Guard piece of space. That hasn’t changed. That’s still there, it’s just not in the language now. It’s more nebulous and not well defined very purposely to allow us to get there quicker.”