Trump orders USA military to form ‘Space Force’

Directive signed

Directive signed

Trump claimed that the plan will ensure that America, which plans a return to the moon and a mission to Mars, stays ahead of China and Russian Federation in any new space race.

"Unfettered access and freedom to operate in space are vital USA interest".

"Everybody wants to do it", he said. "If you beat us to Mars, we'll be very happy and you'll be even more famous". The US has unilaterally withdrawn from treaties before, however, and Trump could just channel Emperor Palpatine and declare, "I will make it legal". One of NASA's top field centers, the Marshall Space Flight Center, is located in Huntsville, Ala., and Ivey is a member of the space council's user advisory board. "And we knocked that out".

Making America great again wasn't good enough for Donald Trump. 'The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers'. "But our destiny, beyond the Earth, is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security".

Saying that he does not want "China and other countries leading us", Trump said space was a national security issue.

The announcements were his administration's latest moves to scale up U.S. space exploration.

The Air Force has argued that space defense is well within its purview, and that a new branch not only isn't necessary, but could dilute current efforts to extend American military might into space. "Separate but equal. It is going to be something", Trump said.

Space is a critical element in USA military operations, providing satellite-based intelligence, secure communications, weather forecasting and weapons command and control. Trump simply proposed another wing of the armed forces. 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.

For now, questions exist as to whether the president has the authority to create an additional military branch.

It's unclear how Trump's space military will be regarded by other nations. "The president told a US general to create a new Space Force as a sixth branch of the military, which generals tell me they don't want", Nelson tweeted on Monday.

Experts were quick to point out that President Trump can not actually create a space force. Money is tight for most Americans these days, so it's important to see where the tax dollars are actually going.

The President announced the new directive while speaking before the National Space Council, an entity the president revived for the first time in 24 years with an Executive Order in June 2017. The document sent to Congress said the review will look at research, capabilities, acquisition and joint warfighting needs, and will assess "whether the Space Corps concept should be implemented".

The government would team up with the private sector to develop new technologies to track and monitor space debris.

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