Donald Trump Announces Plan for a "Space Force"

Donald Trump Announces Plan for a

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he was ordering the creation of a sixth branch of the military to focus on space, a move critics said could harm the Air Force.

He added: "Our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security".

Recent talks indicate that the service could be formed under the Air Force, in the same way the Marine Corps is a department of Navy. Presumably, this would replace the Air Force Space Command, which now oversees military satellites, space communications, and more.

Trump claims the new military branch will be a "separate but equal" version of the Air Force in space.

Debate over the issue has raged in Congress for years, with some supportive of the idea and others insisting space duties remain under the Air Force as they are now. It isn't really clear why we need a Space Force and why we need it right now, but Trump probably has some good reasoning behind it. The directive signed by Trump was previewed by vice president Mike Pence in April, and transitions the responsibility for collecting and sharing data about space traffic and debris from the Department of Defense to the Department of Commerce. In a poor choice of words, Trump stated that it will be "separate but equal" to the Air Force.

In a March document outlining the review, the Pentagon said it has already made organizational changes to beef up the stature of the space force, but is reviewing others.

"Space is a war fighting domain, so it is vital that our military maintains its dominance and competitive advantage in that domain", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Creating a Space Force and promoting space exploration by NASA and the private sector will be "important for the nation's psyche", he said. "The president proposes, but Congress disposes", pointed out Doug Loverro, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy and an adviser to congressional committees. The "Space Force" sounds like a campy Saturday morning cartoon, but it could have serious real-world ramifications.

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Rather, a Space Force would consolidate command of the military's existing satellite systems into a single command.

He also vowed to return the United States to the Moon and to reach Mars.

The Air Force also wants to keep hold of its role in space warfare, says Harrison. Most believed that the National Space Council meeting would just discuss a new policy for providing a safe space environment to avoid collisions as satellite traffic increases, The Washington Post reported.

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