US President Donald Trump announces 'Space Force' military wing

US President Donald Trump announces 'Space Force' military wing

US President Donald Trump announces 'Space Force' military wing

"It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space".

He added: "Our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security".

There are now five branches of the US Military: the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

Donald Trump says he supports the idea of creating a Space Force as a co-equal branch of the military in order to project US dominance beyond the reaches of Earth's gravity.

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

While most parties associated with America's defense apparatus agree that orbital defense is a significant concern, not all agree that the establishment of a space-specific branch is the most effective means of addressing the growing threat posed by foreign competitors. Lawmakers are already speaking up to point out the president can not unilaterally create a new branch of the military. "Separate, but equal - it is going to be something". But near the beginning of his remarks, Trump focused on the security implications of operating in space.

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Among the other issues the president is unlikely to have considered is just how the NRO, an intelligence organization that works very closely with the Air Force, will work with the new service. Any future "Space Force " spending would be modest given that it would need to compete with other big, politically protected Defense Department priorities Congress already funds.

The announcement also put to rest any questions about where the Trump Administration would move policy around space exploration.

"Space is a war fighting domain, so it is vital that our military maintains its dominance and competitive advantage in that domain", said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The National Defense Authorization Act of 1947 created the Air Force. We've compiled some of the best social media reactions to Donald Trump's Space Force and references to science fiction below. Trump mentioned his desire to have a Space Force at four different events in recent months, and the feedback he received was mostly positive, which motivated him to get the process started sooner rather than later.

Details about the role and timing of any new space force were not immediately clear.

The newest directive signed Monday by the President, Space Policy Directive-3, also provides guidelines and direction to ensure that the United States is a leader in providing a safe and secure environment as commercial and civil space traffic increases.

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