Trump Will Create New Military ‘Space Force’

Bowen Xiao
By Bowen Xiao
June 18, 2018Politicsshare
Trump Will Create New Military ‘Space Force’
President Donald Trump signs an executive order during a meeting of the National Space Council at the East Room of the White House in Washington on June 18, 2018. President Trump signed an executive order to establish the Space Force, an independent and co-equal military branch, as the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump said on June 18 that he would be directing government departments to immediately start the creation of a “Space Force” as the sixth branch of the armed forces.

In the East Room of the White House, Trump said the newest military branch was “separate, but equal” to the Air Force. Current military wings include the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

“We must have American dominance in space,” Trump said Monday afternoon during a meeting with the National Space Council. “Very importantly, I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish the Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That’s a big step.”

President Donald Trump holds up an executive order that he signed during a meeting of the National Space Council at the East Room of the White House in Washington on June 18, 2018. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The surprise announcement comes amid Trump’s push to reestablish the United States as a leader of the “final frontier.” The president called on Marine General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, to create the new force.

The creation of a military branch that would deal with national space security has been a topic of discussion for many years, although the idea only gained traction after Trump took office.

Vice President Mike Pence was in attendance, as were Members of Congress, industry leaders, astronauts, and others.

No other information was released on the Space Force, such as its proposed budget or a timeline of its implementation.

On the same day, Trump signed a new space policy directive that furthers safety and security in space, as traffic from commercial and civil parties increases.

It’s the third such policy directive in its class and will help the Department of Defense to focus on protecting U.S. space assets and interests, especially as competition in the space domain continues to ramp up.

The policy aims to reduce the “growing threat” of orbital debris, a common interest of all nations, and will shape policy to pursue and utilize both government and commercial sector technology to track and monitor the debris.

From The Epoch Times


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