Trump Eyes US Dominance In Space With 6th Branch Of Armed Forces

Trump Eyes US Dominance In Space With 6th Branch Of Armed Forces

"And we knocked that out". United States worries over Chinese and Russian development of powerful space technology and weaponry, mostly against satellites and GPS systems, have done much to drive U.S. government efforts in the sector. "The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers". "But our destiny, beyond the Earth, is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security".

"We must have American dominance in space", he told reporters in televised comments.

For several months, the Department of Defense has been doing work on an ongoing review that seeks to establish a space force separate from the Air Force.

President Donald Trump, saying the nation must protect its interests far above the earth, has ordered the creation a new branch of the military - a Space Force.

Trump assigned the task in his speech to Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Armed Forces.

"Both Russia and China have acknowledged they are developing - or have developed - counter-space capabilities", US Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney said in 2015. If the USA breaks the treaty's obligations, it could lead to an global arms race in space, Bondarev argued. China and Russian Federation could be well-disposed toward establishing such an worldwide norm; after all, they have proposed a treaty to ban the placement of weapons in space entirely - a proposal the United States has blocked for a decade.

Decades ago, the military deemed space a critical war-fighting domain, creating the Colorado-based Air Force Space Command in 1982. Congress must act to create a new branch of military service, but will the power of the military lobbyists win the day?

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Asked whether the formation of the the US Space Force could spark a renewed space race, Geng said that China was "even more opposed to treating outer space as a battleground". The Air Force does this already.

Military satellites aren't being deployed fast enough because of a bureaucracy that cares more about superiority in the air than space, said Rogers, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on Strategic Forces.

Retired Nasa Astronaut Mark Kelly says Donald Trump's order to create a Space Force is a "dumb idea".

"The goal is sustainability", Bridenstine said. In May, he said, "But to look at the problem means we have to look afresh at it, and where are the specific problems, break them down, and if an organizational construct has to change, then I'm wide open to it". "It is going to be something so important.But that's the importance that we give it". The reason we go to the moon is we want to land Americans on the surface of Mars.

"Space doesn't dominate one small geographic area - it dominates continents, oceans", said Francona.

"It's probably time as a country that we start to talk about this", said Wilson.

"Most importantly", he added, "any future exploration plan must be bipartisan".

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