Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

'Space force': Donald Trump orders new branch of U.S. military

'Space force': Donald Trump orders new branch of U.S. military

America needs a "Space Force" to dominate space, President Trump has declared this morning, directing the government to create a new branch of the Armed Forces.

As a result, he said, he would be asking the military to create a new branch which would focus on space particularly.

Defense Department spokeswoman Dana White said Pentagon officials immediately began to evaluate the White House's Space Force proposal.

President Donald Trump boasted Monday of the United States commercial space industry's deep wallet and enterprising spirit, and vowed USA dominance in exploration of the Moon and Mars, as well as any future space race.

Trump said he does not want "China and Russian Federation and other countries leading us". The newly reconvened Space Council is helmed by Vice President Mike Pence. Conceivably the 2019 NDAA that is now going through the legislative cycle could create the Space Force, Loverro said, although Congress would have to give the Defense Department at least one or two years to execute such a large reorganization. Trump had previously toyed with the idea in a March speech, but the president hasn't offered many details about his vision for astronaut soldiers. Is it something along the lines of Ronald Reagan's proposed "Star Wars" space-based missile defense system?

President Trump today announced his intention to create a "Space Force" that would oversee the military's activities off-world. "I don't like when Boeing and Lockheed get together because the pricing only goes up", Trump said.

However, because the treaty does not specify conventional weapons, countries such as the U.S., China and Russian Federation are looking into ways to expand defenses to space - such as anti-satellite missiles, etc.

The U.S. Air Force now controls the vast majority of the space portfolio in the U.S. military.

At the end of 2017, the Space Corps provision was taken out of the House version of the NDAA where it originated. One of its primary goals is to support the peaceful worldwide use of space by all governments, and it seems like the Space Force would be a radically different organization.

The policy calls for providing a safe and secure environment in orbit, as satellite traffic increases.

While most parties associated with America's defense apparatus agree that orbital defense is a significant concern, not all agree that the establishment of a space-specific branch is the most effective means of addressing the growing threat posed by foreign competitors. It sets up new guidelines for satellite design and operation to avoid collisions and spacecraft breakups. The decision was not mentioned during a pre-meeting briefing for reporters by Scott Pace, the executive secretary of the space council, or in fact sheets shared with the media. The service would be presumably be responsible for the extensive array of surveillance and communication satellites operated by the US Armed Forces, and more controversially for potential anti-satellite weapons and deterrence.

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