President Trump orders Pentagon to create a ‘separate but equal’ Space Force

Donald Trump at National Space Council

"We expect space to be a contested domain", Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said in a Senate hearing last June.

The president made this request during a meeting at the White House with the National Space Council, saying "Our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity but a matter of national security".

"The president told a United States general to create a new Space Force as 6th branch of military today, which generals tell me they don't want", Nelson wrote on Twitter shortly thereafter.

That proposal was the brainchild of Reps. Some key Democrats oppose the idea, including Florida Senator Bill Nelson, who said via Twitter, "The president told a United States general to create a new Space Force as 6th branch of military today, which generals tell me they don't want".

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. "I don't like when Boeing and Lockheed get together because the pricing only goes up", Trump said.

Trump's announcement immediately gained status as Twitter's leading trend, with the hashtag #SpaceForce used to comment on the President's star-spangled announcement. "We must have American dominance in space", he said, according to CNBC.

The U.S. Air Force now controls the vast majority of the space portfolio in the U.S. military.

In 1967, the United States signed the Outer Space Treaty, along with China and Russian Federation.

In addition to calling for the Space Force, Trump signed Space Policy Directive - 3 on Monday, part of his administration's push to lead in the space space. Conceptually, it's created to oversee missions in space, with a view towards space defense. Shanahan did not offer a position on the proposed military branch in the document.

Rather, a Space Force would consolidate command of the military's existing satellite systems into a single command.

Among the other issues the president is unlikely to have considered is just how the NRO, an intelligence organization that works very closely with the Air Force, will work with the new service. "I couldn't agree with (the president) more", he wrote in a tweet. It appeared to be something of a joke, but then he later added, "I don't know".

More recently, he told reporters that it would be prudent for officials to wait for the results of Shanahan's ongoing review before making decisions about the Defense Department's future in space operations.

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.

Any new military branch would have to be approved and funded by Congress, some experts said.

The move would require the budgetary approval of the U.S. Congress, which has been divided on the idea.

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