Monday, 22 April, 2019

'Space Force': Trump proposes new military branch

Donald Trump at National Space Council President Trump Orders Creation of 'Space Force'
Cary Marshall | 19 June, 2018, 04:43

President Donald Trump said he is directing the Pentagon to create a "Space Force" as an independent service branch of the military. The Air Force today oversees about 90 percent of the military's space funding, programs and personnel.

Turning his attention to space, the president praised the National Space Council and its chairman, Vice President Mike Pence, for its work re-focusing national space policy, saying "for too many years, our dreams of exploration and discovery were really squandered by politics and bureaucracy".

Because space is totally hostile and concerned with colonizing America.

The White House billed the effort as part of the president agenda to restore USA leadership in space. "Common sense space situational awareness and traffic management will be good for our economy and will help provide a more stable environment for the burgeoning space economy".

Fortune contacted the Department of Defense for comment but has not heard back. In a poor choice of words, Trump stated that it will be "separate but equal" to the Air Force.

In speaking to the National Space Council Monday morning, President Trump directed the Pentagon and the Department of Defense to create a military "Space Force". Unfortunately, because space is one of the 11 other missions they have, it is always going to be subordinate, but worse it's going to be a pay-for, which is what's happened over these years.

"We got it", Dunford replied.

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Trump also offered some thoughts on United Launch Alliance, the rocket company jointly owned by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

Since then, United States efforts to explore beyond the Earth's orbit have largely focused on remote spacecraft that do not have human crew members, though American presidents have repeatedly raised the idea of sending human explorers back to the moon or further.

For its third meeting, the National Space Council chose the White House as its venue.

Trump stressed the new Space Force would be "separate but equal" from the Air Force, which now deals with military issues outside of the earth's atmosphere while NASA is in charge of civilian projects.

"Colorado Springs is the epicenter of national security space, and the Pike's Peak Region is ready to support this national effort to secure the final frontier for ours and future generations of Americans", Lamborn said. Money is tight for most Americans these days, so it's important to see where the tax dollars are actually going.

Trump added: "If the Democrats would sit down and stop obstructing, we could have something quickly". The reason we go to the moon is we want to land Americans on the surface of Mars.

The Trump Administration would do well to let these peaceful, private initiatives develop, as opposed to crowding them out by launching the government's most bloated bureaucracy into space.

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