Trump Calls for Creation of ‘Space Force’ Military Branch

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Monday that he has ordered the creation of a new military branch, adding the “Space Force” to the Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

“We must have American dominance in space. 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,” he said in the White House East Room during a meeting of his National Space Council.

In addition to calling for the Space Force, Trump signed Space Policy Directive — 3 Monday, part of his administration’s push to lead in the space race.

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

Space Policy Directive — 3 is primarily focused on satellite traffic management and mitigating debris in space. The policy, executive secretary of the National Space Council Scott Pace told reporters, “seeks to address the challenges of a congested space environment.”

“If we’re going to expand the economy in space, we need to make sure it’s done in a sustainable way,” Pace said.

For the private sector’s space activity, the primary effect of the policy is “more rapid and more accurate information on where they can launch,” as well as “flexibility in launch windows,” and satellites having “more time to put toward revenue-generating activities rather than maneuvering” to avoid collision risks, Pace said.

4 comments

  • J (@ds18301)

    This is just a multi-biliion dollar corporate welfare handout to Raytheon, Boeing etc — the biggest welfare queens/chiselers in the world — funded by the middle class (as the rich do not pay taxes anymore). They are jumping for joy as they can now buy their third private islands and jets with you tax dollars. Of course they are going to have to hire *more* immigrant scientists and engineers from India, China and Pakistan since there just aren’t any here as the GOP has decimated our school system. Road infrastructure? Nah – not a priority. Affordable health care — not a problem for the trump and his buddies — let the poor hold bake sales. Same for the local fire departments. By the way, you’ve already more than spent your paltry (and temporary! the billionaire’s cuts do not expire!) tax cut on increased gas prices and inflation — and now the trade wars begin– hang on to your wallets…It is really sad to see people vote against their own self interests. Well played Fox.

  • AMJoy Fan

    He can’t provide a living wage or quality health care for our citizens but he wants to play star wars? This must be some scam to repay the Russian oligarchs for getting him elected.

  • lickerblisters

    Our great leader taking us into the future. What a magnificent choice I made in November of 2016 when I marked the box next to Mr. Trump! It looked a little bit like this…………………………………… [×] Donald J. Trump (R)

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