Trump directs Pentagon to create 'Space Force'

21 Juin, 2018, 02:36 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Directive signed

Donald Trump met with the National Space Council, and he promised to create the "Space Force", a new branch of the military which will be in charge of extraterrestrial affairs. (The Air Force is already in charge of running classified experiments with unmanned space vehicles.) Supporters in Congress say that the military expansion is necessary at a time when USA satellites are now vulnerable to attacks from China and Russian Federation.

Trump on Monday announced that he's directing the Defense Department to create a "space force" as its sixth military service branch. CNN notes that such an idea has "drawn skepticism" from the Pentagon in the past, and the Washington Post says experts have pointed out Trump can't create a new branch of the military without congressional approval.

Director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Todd Harrison, took to Twitter on Monday to make several points about the Space Force initiative. But, in March President Trump had said he wasn't really serious about the idea.

Trump said he does not want "China and Russian Federation and other countries leading us".

A previous proposal put forward by the House Armed Services last June pointed to the establishment of a space corps under the command of the Air Force.

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Trump spoke alongside Vice President Mike Pence as well as NASA astronaut and moonwalker Buzz Aldrin at a meeting of the recently revived National Space Council. He has since offered limited details about how the Space Force would operate. Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement that the military will work with Congress and other stakeholders to move forward with the policy.

The document sent to Congress said the review will look at research, capabilities, acquisition and joint warfighting needs, and will assess "whether the Space Corps concept should be implemented".

Before making his remarks on the space program, President Trump also weighed in on the ongoing immigration crisis - blasting the U.S.' current immigration laws and saying the crisis is "the Democrats' fault".

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