Donald Trump orders Pentagon to create U.S. 'space force'

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Trump spoke alongside Vice President Mike Pence as well as NASA astronaut and moonwalker Buzz Aldrin at a meeting of the recently revived National Space Council.

Mr. Rogers initially called for an independent space corps, but then retreated to pushing for creation of a new command dedicated to space within the Air Force.

President Trump today announced his intention to create a "Space Force" that would oversee the military's activities off-world.

But the treaty has no enforcement mechanism (indeed, the Air Force's unmanned space plane, the X-37B, has completed several clandestine missions).

The Space Force, the White House said, would "lead the management of traffic and mitigate the effects of debris in space" and provide "a safe and secure environment as commercial and civil space traffic increases".

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


While Trump has previously talked about his desire for a space unit, he seemed to take those musings one step further, specifically ordering the Pentagon to begin the creation of a sixth branch of the American armed forces. "We don't have numbers behind how much value, but are sure it will still be less than the large programs", such as the F-35 fighter jet, the Navy Virginia class submarines and Air Force B-21 Raider bomber, Ferguson said.

As a result, he said, he would be asking the military to create a new branch which would focus on space particularly. The language in the 2019 House National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) seeks to establish a fighting force, housed within the Air Force, which would be dedicated to space war-fighting, giving it less autonomy than a separate force would. He has since offered limited details about how the Space Force would operate. "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.

Congressional leadership first floated the creation of sixth branch of the armed forces focused on space combat (sadly, not against invading alien insects though) a year ago... and Mattis promptly blasted the idea. However, a new military branch also comes with its own massive bureaucracy and hefty cost considerations.

Meanwhile. on the Space Force.

Trump's space policy does at least extend to NASA (you know, the nerds who actually study to improve our knowledge of space and don't just want to blow things up). He also vowed to return the United States to the moon soon, and to reach Mars.

Dubbed a "space traffic management policy", the new directive is created to handle the growing amount of debris in orbit around the Earth.

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