Trump announces plans for Pentagon to create 'Space Force'

The Air Force's X-37B space plane

Having hinted at it a few months ago, on Monday President Trump officially directed the Pentagon to establish a sixth branch of the military, a "space force," that will be "separate but equal" to the US Air force.

Russian Federation takes a "diametrically opposite position" that space must be used for "peaceful aims", she said.

Trump on Monday had said at a speech in the White House that "America will always be the first in space" and he won't like being led by Russian Federation and China along with countries.

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.

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It's unclear how the project would be funded, or how much it would cost. The Air Force now oversees all outer space-related military activity.

Responding to President Trump's executive order for the establishment of a "Space Force" within the U.S. military, China warned that such a decision could result in an space arms race.

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

What shape Trump's Space Force will eventually take now remains unclear, though any serious attempts to place weaponized systems into space will likely prove contentious. "But our destiny, beyond the Earth, is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security". But the Outer Space Treaty is created to prevent such conflict. However, the proposal was met with criticism from the Pentagon, the Air Force, and high-ranking military officials including Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

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We often forget how dependent we are on the use of space.

Scale up and imagine a war in space between the United States and China.

"We got it", Dunford replied.

In addition, a number of federal defense agencies control portions of the space program, including NASA and the National Reconnaissance Office, which develops and operates surveillance spacecraft and satellites for intelligence gathering.

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Now the US' space operations are largely in a defensive posture, said Weeden, but with Chinese and Russian developments in the field some advocates of a stronger military presence, like US Rep. Mike Rogers, have argued that this may need to change. Space is for telecommunication, navigation, Earth observation satellites and so many other purposes that we take for granted.

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