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U.S. Space Force: President Trump Proposes 6th Military Branch

23 June 2018

President Donald Trump said Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new "Space Force" as a separate branch of the military aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space.

An in-depth look at the ramifications of President Trump's proposed "Space Force" leads off this Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest.

According to Dr. Burns, in 1967 the global community signed the Outer Space Treaty which prevents countries from having missiles and atomic weapons in space, as well as not allowing military bases on the moon. In fact, most astronauts are plucked from one of the five current branches of the armed forces Also, the global positioning system (GPS) that we all rely on for navigation was created by the U.S. Department of Defense. The other USA military branches are the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps.

He said the new branch's creation will be overseen by Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

President Donald Trump is fond of suggesting that the five branches of the US armed forces are not enough.

"There's still remnants of common sense in the American political elite", Bondarev said. "The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers".

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During the announcement, Trump mentioned that the space program was an issue of national security, and that he didn't want other countries dominating what he has previously considered to be a new, potential battleground. In the United States, the development of an advanced space program has been a critical element of national security since the Eisenhower administration.

Last summer, the House of Representatives approved the idea to create a "Space Corps", which would fallen under the authority of the Air Force. New branches of the Armed Forces must be put in place by an Act of Congress. They will work together with American industry to implement a state-of-the-art framework for space traffic management, he said.

President Donald Trump is signing a new space policy directive at the White House that aims to reduce satellite clutter in space. Protecting those space-based assets also is critical given the development of anti-satellite weapons by China and Russian Federation.

NASA is developing concepts for an orbital "gateway" space station circling the moon that would serve as a base of operations, a technology testbed and a jumping off point for future flights into deep space. He said right now they are trying to integrate the department's war-fighting functions and that this "separate service would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations".

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

"It's probably time as a country that we start to talk about this", said Wilson.

U.S. Space Force: President Trump Proposes 6th Military Branch