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Trump orders US military to form ‘Space Force’

Trump orders US military to form ‘Space Force’

He promised it would be "separate but equal" to the US Air Force. The Air Force declined to immediately comment.

President Trump announced on Monday morning that he would direct the Department of Defense and Pentagon to create a "Space Force", which would constitute a sixth branch of the armed forces.

The president said he wants the new military branch because he didn't want "China and Russian Federation and other countries leading us". The House of Representatives included a "Space Corps" proposal in its version of the National Defense Authorization Act with the idea that it would sit within the Air Force much like the Marine Corps is housed within the Navy.

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

The president made this request during a meeting at the White House with the National Space Council, saying "Our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity but a matter of national security". He continued by adding that the establishment of the Space Force was important because "we don't want China and Russian Federation and other countries leading us". All three have refused to sign the U.N.'s resolution on Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space, according to CNN. The 2018 defense policy bill ordered the Defense Department to study how space should be treated within the military. And we're actually thinking of a sixth, and that would be the Space Force.

The Alabama Republican contends the Pentagon's lack of focus on extraterrestrial priorities has eroded the nation's dominance in space.

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For the private sector's space activity, the primary effect of the policy is "more rapid and more accurate information on where they can launch", as well as "flexibility in launch windows", and satellites having "more time to put toward revenue-generating activities rather than maneuvering" to avoid collision risks, Pace said.

Mr Trump had previously suggested the possibility of creating a space unit that would include portions equivalent to parts of the Air Force, Army and Navy.

The Air Force also wants to keep hold of its role in space warfare, says Harrison. He also vowed to soon get the States back to the moon in addition to a plan vague goal of reaching Mars.

Under Rogers' plan, the Space Corps' primary goal would be to oversee the acquisition, development and deployment of military satellites and the ground stations that control them.

Along with the call for the "space force", Trump also called for a build-up in the long term presence in space, threw his support behind the nascent commercial space travel industry and signed a directive to manage space traffic.


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