"The president told a US general to create a new Space Force as [the] sixth branch of military today, which generals tell me they don't want", Nelson said on Twitter.
Trump claimed that the plan will ensure that America, which plans a return to the moon and a mission to Mars, stays ahead of China and Russian Federation in any new space race.
(The Air Force is already in charge of running classified experiments with unmanned space vehicles.) Supporters in Congress say that the military expansion is necessary at a time when USA satellites are now vulnerable to attacks from China and Russian Federation. But his directive will task the Defence Department to begin the process of establishing the "Space Force" as the sixth branch of the USA armed forces. The new branch would be "separate but equal" from the Air Force, which now oversees all space related activity in the armed services. Please refresh for updates.
Trump said Monday that the United States' space program had been bogged down by politics and rising costs.
Debate over the issue has raged in Congress for years, with some supportive of the idea and others insisting space duties remain under the Air Force as they are now.
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Americans first landed on the moon in 1969, reaching a goal set by former President John F. Kennedy in 1961 and capping a decade-long space race between Washington and Moscow.
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. "It is going to be something, so important". Dunford replied: "We got it". "We don't want China and Russian Federation and other countries leading us".
The president also used the White House event to establish a new policy for reducing satellite clutter in space.
The White House previous year also opposed the space corps plan and said creating it was "premature at this time".
However, in addition to signing the new directive, Trump also discussed another pet project. He was jointed by Vice President Mike Pence.