Trump orders Pentagon to create United States 'space force'

19 June, 2018, 04:44 | Author: Grady King
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The US has unilaterally withdrawn from treaties before, however, and Trump could just channel Emperor Palpatine and declare, "I will make it legal".

The president was speaking at the third meeting of the National Space Council, revived after a quarter of a century. "And we knocked that out".

There are vast advantages to having an advanced military presence in space. 'The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers'.

"This is a giant step toward inspiring future generations and toward reclaiming America's proud destiny in space", Trump said in a statement announcing the pal, which he had talked about before.

Although there is some Congressional support for the Space Force, it is not clear how widespread the support is.

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President Donald Trump directed the Department of Defense to create a sixth branch of the military specifically for space.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford, of course, can not carry that assignment out. However, critics have said the treaty has no enforcement mechanism, allowing the US or other countries to militarize space. Space has already been militarized - a Space Force would actually be primarily tasked with the defense of orbital defensive assets the USA military has already long relied on for day to day operations.

Trump previously floated the idea of adding a "Space Force" branch to the USA military - a concept that has received some support on Capitol Hill but drawn skepticism from the Pentagon.

"I oppose the creation of a new military service and additional organizational layers at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting functions", Mattis said in October in a memo to Sen.

Trump's final words in the introductory speech addressed the space industry representatives and others in the room who are making spaceflight possible.

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"Last year the House passed a bill that would have created a space corps", says Todd Harrison, Director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The new branch would be "separate but equal" from the Air Force, which now oversees all space related activity in the armed services.

Decades ago, the military deemed space a critical war-fighting domain, creating the Colorado-based Air Force Space Command in 1982. Money is tight for most Americans these days, so it's important to see where the tax dollars are actually going.

Scott Pace, the executive secretary of the National Space Council, offered more details in an email about the directive and how it would be budgeted. The committee feels strongly that the US military has to be better prepared and equipped to dominate in space, Thornberry said. The news came as part of a NASA event to discuss space traffic around Earth, held at the White House.

The government would team up with the private sector to develop new technologies to track and monitor space debris. We want safety and we want security. But that's the importance that we give it.

"It's also important to note that as NASA develops these capabilities, each one of these capabilities feeds forward. We've always led", he added. "The technologies, the capabilities, the in situ resource utilization that we develop for the moon will ultimately get us to Mars". Will this mean hiving off the large amount of classified space activity the Air Force now handles and coordinates with the NRO?

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Whatever form it takes, the creation of a new branch of the military will only invite more waste in a Department of Defense bureaucracy that continues to siphon off billions of taxpayer dollars while rarely being held accountable for how it spends its massive budget. "Gateway will only slow us down, taking time and precious dollars away from the goal of returning to the lunar surface and eventually flying to Mars".

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