Trump Signs Executive Order to Establish Proposed ‘Space Force’

President Trump announced on Monday that he wants the Department of Defense and the Pentagon to immediately begin creating a sixth branch of the military — an independent “Space Force.” . . .

The president told the council: “When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space.

“We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal…My administration is reclaiming America’s heritage as the world’s greatest spacefaring nation.” . . .

The Commander in Chief also expressed his vision for reviving the US space program. As part of that effort, Trump pledged to launch new moon missions and to eventually send astronauts to Mars. He reiterated that he does not want “China and Russia and other countries leading us.” . . .

Director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Todd Harrison, took to Twitter on Monday to make several points about the Space Force initiative. In his first post, Harrison said of the president’s announcement that this was “at least the third time he has said something like this publicly, so it’s not completely out of the blue.”

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