Trump Orders Creation of 6th Military Branch: 'Space Force'

21 June, 2018, 02:35 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Trump tells Pentagon to create “Space Force”

Last year, the House Armed Services Committee proposed the creation of a "space corps" in the National Defense Authorization Act it passed.

The announcement came at a meeting with the National Space Council.

"You will be part of the five proud branches of the United States armed forces: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and the Coast Guard", Trump said.

Aside from military objectives, the new space force would also spearhead new USA -led efforts to return to the moon and eventually launch a new exploratory mission to Mars.

Ever since Trump was elected the U.S. president, he has talked about sending people back to the Moon as a step towards the first manned mission to Mars. He also promised that the USA would "return Americans to the Moon" and would eventually send people to Mars.

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On Monday, he signed Directive 3 that focuses on removing space debris and managing space traffic.

The Defence Department is already in the middle of a congressionally-mandated review of the space force issue.

Trump on Monday told the defense sector CEOs and others he appointed to help develop his Space Force that space is "going to be important monetarily and militarily". Air Force chief of staff Gen. David Goldfein said talk about a separate military branch for space is "moving in the wrong direction".

The White House has noted that the commercialization of space is demanding new measures while "space becomes increasingly contested", in order to ensure that the U.S. Department of Defense be able to secure Washington's interests.

Mr Trump was joined by Vice President Mike Pence, who heads the recently revived Space Council, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin and members of his space council.

Trump is ordering the establishment of a sixth branch of the military to clear the way for American dominance of space.

US President George W. Bush in 2004 said humans would return to the moon by 2020.

"My administration is reclaiming America's heritage as the world's greatest space-faring nation", Trump said.

"We may even have a space force, develop another one, space force".

Numerous companies are beginning to ramp up the number of commercial satellite deployments, while NASA and other space agencies also have a growing schedule of launches.

"We understand the president's guidance", White said.



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