Space Force and Air Force will be ‘separate but equal’

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 19, 2018

"Our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity but a matter of national security", Trump said. It simply directs the US Department of Defense to begin planning for this new sixth branch of the military. The Air Force oversees most of the nation's space-related military activity.

The president said the force would be "separate but equal" to the US Air Force, adding that the move represents a "big statement".

Mr. Trump revealed his decision as he was hosting a meeting of the National Space Council, a cabinet-level policy group charged with coordinating military, civilian and commercial endeavors in space.

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. Trump also announced he would sign a directive on space traffic management, aimed at monitoring objects in orbit so as to avoid collisions and debris strikes.

Vowing to reclaim USA leadership in space, President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new "Space Force" as an independent service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space. Trump said on Monday that a Space Force would be "separate but equal" to the Air Force.

Last northern autumn, that proposal was scrapped amid resistance from senior Pentagon officials, including Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein, who said it would create unnecessary costs and bureaucracy.

He also vowed to return the United States to the Moon and to reach Mars. As usual, social media is on fire right now and many are pointing to the Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel to come save the day and assert the American space dominance that Trump wants so bad. The service would be presumably be responsible for the extensive array of surveillance and communication satellites operated by the US Armed Forces, and more controversially for potential anti-satellite weapons and deterrence. This same act created the Department of Defense and what is known now as the current USA military structure, including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense as overseer of the entire US military.

Trump spoke at the third public meeting of the newly-reinstated National Space Council, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and hosted at the White House, and officially signed the council's third space policy directive.

Scroll down to see what the internet is saying about the new Space Force! The "Space Force" sounds like a campy Saturday morning cartoon, but it could have serious real-world ramifications. Of ULA, Trump said, "That's a combination of Boeing and Lockheed on the Space Launch System, SLS".

Trump also declared that "there's no place like space". Another fan joked that he was going to have a real-life Death Star made, which would be the coolest thing that Donald Trump has done in his first 500 days in office.

NASA has been unable to send astronauts to space since the shuttle program ended in 2011, and relies on Russian Soyuz spaceships in the meantime. "And, you know, I've always said that rich guys seem to like rockets".

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