Trump Orders The Creation Of A 'Space Force' Military Branch

Trump Orders The Creation Of A 'Space Force' Military Branch

- The Latest on President Donald Trump announcing new "Space Force", other space initiatives. He said the new branch's creation will be overseen by General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

For no reason other than the fact it's amusing, here's a photo of US Vice President Mike Pence, who was also present at the meeting, looking like he's trying to telekenetically move the rover model sitting in front of him.

"We must have American dominance in space", said Trump, saying that he wished to revive the US' flagging space program that has been bogged down by rising costs and a lack of political will.

'My administration is reclaiming America's heritage as the world's greatest spacefaring nation, ' Trump said in the East Room, joined by members of his space council.

The House previously approved creation of a separate "space corps" inside the Air Force-much like the Marine Corps, which has its own commandant but still answers to the Navy Secretary-but it was blocked by Senate opposition.

The president told a U.S. general to create a new Space Force as 6th branch of military today, which generals tell me they don't want. He also vowed to return the United States to the moon soon, and to reach Mars.

This is not the first time that Trump has mentioned a specific military branch or "space force" dedicated to space. "I don't like when Boeing and Lockheed get together because the pricing only goes up", Trump said. He has since offered limited details about how the Space Force would operate.

Ms White said in the statement: "We understand the President's guidance".

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The Air Force had no immediate comment.

The news release from the White House lays out a plan for US space policy going forward.

President Donald Trump has been talking about creating a Space Force for a while now.

The Defense Department's new National Defense Strategy, released earlier this year, outlined a new national security doctrine for the US, shifting focus away from recent counterterrorism operations that have defined America's wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and elsewhere for the last several decades, to threats posed by near-peer competitors such as Russian Federation and China.

It's always been a priority of the White House to ramp up space travel and, along with it, the military industrial complex needed to combat any threats to the United States' presence in space.

"Our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security", Trump said at a White House event attended by former astronaut Buzz Aldrin as well as executives of major aerospace companies.

"Unfettered access and freedom to operate in space are vital USA interest". The U.S. now has no vessels in service that are able to carry humans into space.

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