President Trump Orders Creation of 'Space Force'

Federico Mansilla
Junio 19, 2018

But his directive will task the Defense Department to begin the process of establishing the Space Force as the sixth branch of the United States armed forces.

"Marillyn Hewson, president and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin Corp., left, and Dennis Muilenburg, chairman and chief executive officer of Boeing Co., attend a National Space Council meeting on Monday".

US President Donald Trump announced on Monday the creation of a "Space Force" to stop China from gaining dominance, was well as other space initiatives.

No other details were immediately released on what the exact mission of the service branch would be given.

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. "And we are seriously thinking of the Space Force". Last October, his own defence secretary Jim Mattis wrote in a memo: "I oppose the creation of a new military service and additional organizational layers at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting functions".

Fortune contacted the Department of Defense for comment but has not heard back.

"The United States will not be a migrant holding facility", Trump said. Contrary to popular sentiments being expressed on social media, President Trump's announcement of this new branch is far from an effort to militarize space. "Our Policy Board will begin working on this issue, which has implications for intelligence operations for the Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy", White said in the statement.

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is responsible for the country's civilian space program.

While most parties associated with America's defense apparatus agree that orbital defense is a significant concern, not all agree that the establishment of a space-specific branch is the most effective means of addressing the growing threat posed by foreign competitors.

The announcement both affirms and alters the content of Trump's previous remarks on adding space to the broad area under the USA military's actionable purview.

The House Armed Services Committee began pushing for the creation of a space corps a year ago as part of the last spending authorization bill for the military.

Meanwhile. on the Space Force.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is planning a series of lunar missions beginning next year aimed at developing the capacity for a return to the moon, said Cheryl Warner, a spokeswoman for NASA's Human Exploration Directorate. "However, the space operating environment is becoming increasingly congested and current space traffic management activities are inadequate to address this rising challenge", said Mr.

Mr. Trump made the surprise order at a meeting of the National Space Council. It is created to avoid collisions and spacecraft breakups.

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