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Trump orders Pentagon to create Space Force

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/19/18, 08:47 am

President Donald Trump appeared to surprise Defense Department officials Monday with his request for a sixth branch of the U.S. military: the Space Force. “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,” the president said during remarks at the White House. “We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal.” Trump signed a directive ordering the Pentagon to start the process to create the Space Force, but Congress would have to provide the authority and funding for the initiative. Although the government started researching the ramifications of a dedicated space defense program earlier this year, the Pentagon does not have an estimate on cost or the effect on other branches and departments that now share aspects of the U.S. military’s space program.

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Leigh Jones

Leigh is acting managing editor for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate who spent six years as a newspaper reporter in Texas before joining WORLD. Leigh also co-wrote Infinite Monster: Courage, Hope, and Resurrection in the Face of One of America's Largest Hurricanes. She resides with her husband and daughter in Houston, Texas.

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  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Tue, 06/19/2018 09:45 am

    This sounds good in principle, but I suspect it would be better to leave this under USAF purview.  NASA will have something to say about this, too.  We do not need more command and budget bloat.

  •  Paul B. Taylor's picture
    Paul B. Taylor
    Posted: Tue, 06/19/2018 12:03 pm

    The future in space is here. So, as President Trump knows how to be a powerful billionaire,  part of his genius is the appropriate use of power.  It appears that we will have a military dominance in space which will also boost our power.  He seems to be one step ahead of the rest of the world.  It is almost prophetic.

    Posted: Tue, 06/19/2018 03:22 pm

    Budget bloat is a big issue but minor in comparison to the militarization of space wich has been avoided for the past 60 years, the entire space age.

    This is a horrible precedent.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 06/19/2018 10:50 pm

    Sorry, but I would disagree that “militarization of space” has not occurred. 

    A good bit of what is in space, our satellites and those of other nations, is military in nature. However, it may be true that actual “weapons” are not orbiting in space, aimed at opposing powers. Yet what is up there is part of weapons systems—observing military activity, detecting weapons launches, directing weapons to targets, etc. 

  • MM
    Posted: Tue, 06/19/2018 11:23 pm

    Has anyone ever thought what we would think if China were to say something like this? How about 
    Iran? Or North Korea? How does the rest of the world hear "we're going to build a space force" from our leaders?