United States to get space force as Trump aims beyond-earth dominance

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Trump Directs Pentagon to Create Military Branch to Dominate Space

After President Donald Trump announced that he wants the Department of Defense to establish a "Space Force," a move that could militarize space, Russian Federation threatened there would be consequences.

The Alabama Republican contends the Pentagon's lack of focus on extraterrestrial priorities has eroded the nation's dominance in space.

"We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force", Trump continued, instructing U.S.

Dr. Burns was on the president's transition team for NASA.

President Donald Trump shows off a "Space Policy Directive" after signing it during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington. "We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the 'Space Force.' Separate but equal".

It's unclear how the project would be funded, or how much it would cost.

Specifically, Kelly was referring to the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), the Air Force's space-monitoring division.

Turning his attention to space, the president praised the National Space Council and its chairman, Vice President Mike Pence, for its work re-focusing national space policy, saying "for too many years, our dreams of exploration and discovery were really squandered by politics and bureaucracy".

Zakharova said during a news briefing in Samara that Russian Federation "noted the USA president's instructions.to separate space forces from the air force", saying, "The most alarming thing about this news is the aim of his instructions, namely to ensure [U.S.] domination in space".

"It essentially calls for building another orbital space station, a skill my colleagues and I have already demonstrated on the ISS", Virts said. Critics argue the Space Force is unnecessary and would be a buraucratic nightmare. She warned that the militarization of space "could be fraught with consequences no less harmful than the nuclear arms race".

However, the US Congress would need to pass a law authorising it before any new branch of the military could be created.

According to Francona, there are only three powers capable of operating a space-based military presence: Russia, China and the US.

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

Similarly, Russia's programs atrophied at the end of the cold war but there's now "evidence that they're reconstituting them, and China is building its space capabilities, both offensive and defensive (from) reconnaissance satellites, communication satellites (and) evidence that it's building ground launched anti-satellite missiles", said Weeden. It also sets up new guidelines for satellite design and operation, to avoid collisions and spacecraft breakups. It was a period of time, we were not so respected, not so long ago.

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