Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Trump orders Pentagon to create US ‘Space Force’

Trump orders Pentagon to create US ‘Space Force’

We must have American dominance in space,' Trump said on Monday before a meeting of his National Space Council.

"We are going to have a space force", Trump said in Washington D.C.

During his remarks, Trump promised that America will always be first in space and that national pride is at stake. "We must have American dominance in space", said President Trump. It is so important.

President Trump signed an executive order on Monday, establishing a sixth military branch, the Space Force.

In his announcement Monday, Trump said his administration is intent on sending USA astronauts to the moon again. His successor, President Barack Obama, said in 2016 the USA would send humans to Mars by the 2030s. Space-related missions are now handled by the Air Force.

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He also signed a directive on the management of debris and traffic in space, which "seeks to reduce the growing threat of orbital debris to the common interest of all nations". And we're actually thinking of a sixth, and that would be the Space Force.

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

Trump asked Gen Joseph Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, to carry out the assignment.

A space force is created to ensure friendly use of space and conduct of outer space operations, care after military training missions and space warfare or any combat that may occur in space.

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.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White responded: "We understand the President's guidance". Neither of those proposals, however, is quite the same as the creation of a standalone Space Force military service, an idea Trump first proposed in March.

The new policy calls for providing a safe and secure environment up in orbit, as satellite traffic increases. The president said he has directed the Pentagon to start a process for creating a "Space Force".

In a testimony in front of the House Armed Services Committee, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy Doug Loverro also spoke out, saying a new branch isn't necessary for a "space-smart civilian and military force" the country needs.

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