President Trump announces plans for Pentagon to create 'Space Force'

Trump Space Force and Air Force will be'separate but equal

The House Armed Services Committee was unable to successfully insert the provision in the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), but the bill did include several reforms to the military's space operations. 'The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers'.

Demanding not only "American presence" but "American dominance" in space. We've seen repeatedly where the Air Force has reached into space program funds to put them against fighter jets, bombers, tankers. As part of that effort, Trump pledged to launch new moon missions and to eventually send astronauts to Mars.

Joining Trump were Vice President Mike Pence (who heads up the recently revived space council), NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin and members of his space council. The US Air Force is expected to spend over $160 billion next year, which is more than any other military on the planet spends. Trump did say in a statement that the Space Force's objective will be to oversee the safety of USA spacecraft and astronauts.

Congressional leadership first floated the creation of sixth branch of the armed forces focused on space combat (sadly, not against invading alien insects though) previous year... and Mattis promptly blasted the idea.

However, because the treaty does not specify conventional weapons, countries such as the U.S., China and Russian Federation are looking into ways to expand defenses to space - such as anti-satellite missiles, etc.

The directive also calls for better tracking and monitoring of space debris as commercial and civil space traffic increases.

"If we're going to expand the economy in space, we need to make sure it's done in a sustainable way", Pace said.

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On peaceful space exploration, the U.S. administration announced a directive setting a goal to send robotic explorers to the moon as early as next year and to compete a lunar landing within 10 years.

The mention of the US Congress is crucial here because Trump can't simply create a whole new branch of the military on a whim, but must receive the approval of policymakers.

It's unclear how Trump's space military will be regarded by other nations.

"Space is a warfighting domain, so it is vital that our military maintains its dominance and competitive advantage in that domain".

Senior Air Force officials, too, have stated opposition to the development of an independent military service focused on space.

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

Mr. Trump has previously supported the idea of creating a sixth branch of the armed forces, adding to the US Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard.

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