The Final Frontier? Trump's Pricey Plan for a New Space Force

President Donald Trump announces plans for a Space Force during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House Monday

Do you approve of the creation of a United States Space Force?

While Russia has a branch of the military called "space forces", their activities are "purely defensive", the spokeswoman insisted.

This announcement has immediately raised questions for people, but the president has only provided so much information. Addressing the members of the National Space Council at the White House, Trump, also the commander-in-chief of the military, said the whole world is "looking up" to the USA and the country is being respected again.

President Donald Trump is signing a new space policy directive at the White House that aims to reduce satellite clutter in space.

"My administration is reclaiming America's heritage as the world's greatest space-faring nation", he went on.

She warned that if realized, such plans would have a "destabilizing effect on strategic stability and global security".

President Trump: "When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space".

Dr. Jack Burns, a professor of astrophysics and planetary science at the University of Colorado, says to think of it more as an upgrade to our space infrastructure. We can achieve that by continuing to make sure it is neither permissible nor opportune.

Do you think the United States should have a militarized space force?

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In his post, Kelly was referring to the Air Force Space Command, a space-focused group that has come under a number of names over the years.

However, the US Congress would need to pass a law authorising it before any new branch of the military could be created.

The creation of a militarized space force is by no means a new concept. Details on this have not been released to the public.

Wilbur Ross, the Secretary of Commerce, reported good progress reducing regulatory overhead and red tape in the commercial space market and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said her department is making major changes to speed up licensing of commercial launches and landings to encourage private-sector development of low-Earth orbit, including space tourism. "Thankfully the president can't do it without Congress because now is NOT the time to rip the Air Force apart".

"At a time when we are trying to integrate the Department's joint warfighting functions, I do not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations", Mattis wrote.

However, he seems to have become more open to the idea. "The US is respected again", he said.

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