Does the United States need a Space Force?

23 June, 2018, 04:36 | Author: Diane Mills
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President Trump surprised his audience at the National Space Council yesterday when he announced that he would create a new "Space Force" to be "separate but equal" to the US Air Force. It was also brought up when addressing the West Point football team during their visit to the White House, when he told his guests, "We're getting very big in space, both militarily and for other reasons, and we are seriously thinking of the Space Force".

The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed concern about USA plans to create a separate space force, saying that taking weapons into space could trigger a new arms race.

The idea of a space force that would oversee those efforts as a stand-alone Pentagon entity has surfaced several times in the past, but the Pentagon has resisted such calls, leaving it to U.S. Air Force Space Command to oversee such efforts.

Presently, the US Armed Forces include five service branches: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy.

"It is not enough merely to have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space". He said that measure, along with a Space Force, is needed as the US faces security threats from other nations.

'The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers'.

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The president framed space as a national security issue, saying he does not want "China and Russian Federation and other countries leading us". Creating a new joint military command is largely the purview of Congress, which would have to provide the authority and any funding or shifting of money to a new unit.

Nonetheless, a year ago the House did pass a bill that would have created a space corps, but the plan never took hold in the Senate.

He also signed a new Space Policy Directive, which will establish new protocols and procedures to manage and monitor the satellites in low-Earth orbit.

Trump essentially seeks for America to dominate space.

Trump also vowed to soon return the United States to the moon and to reach Mars.

Space remains one of the few areas where USA and Russian Federation continue global cooperation. He said right now they are trying to integrate the department's war-fighting functions and that this "separate service would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations". "It is going to be something so important.But that's the importance that we give it". Space is for telecommunication, navigation, Earth observation satellites and so many other purposes that we take for granted. "The US is respected again", he said.

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