Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

"Space Force" ordered by President Trump

"We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force - separate but equal", he said.

The U.S. military now consists of five branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

U.S. President Donald Trump is pursuing new frontiers, announcing Monday that his government will create a "Space Force" as the sixth branch of the United States military on Monday. Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein said in a congressional hearing in 2017 that the creation of a space group "would lead us in the wrong direction".

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is planning a series of lunar missions beginning next year aimed at developing the capacity for a return to the moon, said Cheryl Warner, a spokeswoman for NASA's Human Exploration Directorate.

"And I was not really serious, and then I said what a great idea, maybe we'll have to do that". "We're going to have a Space Force".

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Trump also established a new policy to declutter space garbage.

Harrison adds that a space force would not involve actual military personnel in space.

Rather, a space force would consolidate command of the military's existing satellite systems into a single command. "Our Policy Board will begin working on this issue, which has implications for intelligence operations for the Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy", White said in the statement. "And we are seriously thinking of the Space Force".

The directive calls for providing a safe and secure environment up in orbit, as satellite traffic increases. "This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprints - we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps someday, too many worlds beyond".

The Commander in Chief also expressed his vision for reviving the United States space program. "The Joint Staff will work closely with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, other (Defense Department) stakeholders and the Congress to implement the President's guidance", one U.S. defense official said. The language in the 2019 House National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) seeks to establish a fighting force, housed within the Air Force, which would be dedicated to space war-fighting, giving it less autonomy than a separate force would.

The House past year approved a proposal from Alabama GOP Rep. Mike Rogers to create a Space Corps, which would be the first new military branch since the Air Force was broken out of the Army in 1947.

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