Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Trump Calls for New Space Force Branch of the Military

Trump Calls for New Space Force Branch of the Military

President Donald Trump has tasked the Defense Department to begin the process of establishing the "Space Force" as the sixth branch of the US armed forces.

"We are going to have the Air Force and we're going to have the Space Force, separate but equal", Trump said today. The new branch would be "separate but equal" from the Air Force, which now oversees all space related activity in the armed services.

But his directive will task the Defense Department to begin the process of establishing the Space Force as the sixth branch of the USA armed forces.

The President also added that the USA will soon send humans to the Moon and also revealed that the Mars colonization plans are also going on steadily.

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

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the new space policy directive Monday, as the National Space Council convenes.

The president made this request during a meeting at the White House with the National Space Council, saying "Our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity but a matter of national security".

"Our nation of pioneers still yearns to conquer the unknown, because we are Americans and the future belongs totally to us", Trump said.

Trump more broadly envisioned a bright future for the USA space program, pledging to revive the country's flagging efforts, return to the moon and eventually send a human mission that would reach Mars.

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.

The Defense Department is already in the middle of a congressionally-mandated review of the space force issue. "We expect space to be a contested domain", Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said in a Senate hearing last June. Cabinet members will take part in the afternoon meeting at the White House, as well as Nasa Administrator Jim Bridenstine, retired astronauts and scientists. "That's a big step", said Trump during the speech.

Ms White said in the statement: "We understand the President's guidance". "At a time when we are trying to integrate the department's joint war-fighting functions, I do not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations", Mattis wrote.

The president then signed Space Directive 3, or SD-3, which directs the National Space Council to create space traffic management infrastructure.

In his opening remarks, Trump addressed several members of the National Space Council User Advisory Board, including representatives of Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Blue Origin, ULA and SpaceX. It is created to avoid collisions and spacecraft breakups.

Making America great again wasn't good enough for Donald Trump.

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