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Trump orders Pentagon to create ‘Space Force’ to get ahead of China

18 June 2018

Vice President Mike Pence heads the recently revived space council.

Trump first floated the idea of a space force as a part of his national security strategy during a March 13 speech, saying "space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea".

"I'm hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces", Trump said.

U.S. President Donald Trump has instructed the Pentagon to establish a "space force" as the sixth branch of the American military.

It's not clear whether or when the Space Force will be created.

"This is a giant step toward inspiring future generations and toward reclaiming America's proud destiny in space", Trump said in a statement announcing the pal, which he had talked about before. "An Air Force and a Space Force". The president mentioned the idea in May during a ceremony at the White House honoring the Army Black Knights college football team.

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Trump also declared that "there's no place like space".

The president said he wants the new military branch because he didn't want "China and Russian Federation and other countries leading us".

The policy sets up new guidelines for satellite design and operation, as well as tracking the growing amount of clutter in space.

The council's executive secretary, Scott Pace, told reporters before the meeting that space is becoming increasingly congested and current guidelines are inadequate to address the challenge. "What we hope to do is have a more user-friendly approach...we hope to see people get more rapid information on when they can launch, more flexibility on their launch windows going up, [and to] see satellites having to maneuver less often because of potential collision risk".

"The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers", Trump said in his opening remarks.

Trump added: "If the Democrats would sit down and stop obstructing, we could have something quickly". This would increase the number of military branches from five to six.

Trump orders Pentagon to create ‘Space Force’ to get ahead of China