Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Trump creates 'Space Force' to ensure US extra-terrestrial dominance

Trump creates 'Space Force' to ensure US extra-terrestrial dominance

Trump said Monday that "we are going to have the space force" which he deemed a "separate but equal" sixth branch of the military. President Trump referred to a Space Force that would be "separate but equal" to the Air Force, which might indicate a more independent service. He said: "You will be part of the five proud branches of the United States Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and the Coast Guard".

Currently, numerous military's space-related projects fall under the Air Force.

It's not the first time the President has mentioned creating a space force.

In a March document outlining the review, the Pentagon said it has already made organisational changes to beef up the stature of the space force, but is reviewing others. "And I was not really serious, and then I said what a great idea, maybe we'll have to do that". "We must have American dominance in space", Trump said during a meeting Monday with members of the National Space Council. The directive also follows up on the president's signing of Space Policy Directive- 1 in December of 2017 which instructed NASA to return American astronauts to the Moon, followed by human missions to Mars.

CNN reports that (at least officially) the DoD is backing the idea, with one official saying "Space is a warfighting domain, so it is vital that our military maintains its dominance and competitive advantage in that domain".

"The Pentagon is complicated enough", Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told reporters past year.

"Economically, militarily, every way there is no place like space", Trump said in the East Room. The announcement came at a meeting with the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House.

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

Space Policy Directive - 3 is primarily focused on satellite traffic management and mitigating debris in space.

At the time, Secretary Heather Wilson said a space corps would just "add more boxes to the organization chart".

Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis has already voiced opposition to the creation of new branch of the military a year ago when the idea was first proposed by Congress.

He also previously ordered the Commerce and Transportation departments to cut red tape hampering commercial space activities.

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