Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Do we really need a Space Force?

Do we really need a Space Force?

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he was ordering the creation of a sixth branch of the military to focus on space, a move critics said could harm the Air Force.

"It doesn't mean we're going to be having basically space cadets going into space, having military personnel in space - rather [it's] an upgrade to our defense structures, our satellites that are now vulnerable", Burns said.

"With his usual flair for communications, President Trump has framed the question of the future of USA policy in space in two words: Space Force".

While details are slim, the Space Force would be tasked with overseeing the next war-fighting domain of space, as the other branches of the military do with their respective domains.

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However, the US Congress would need to pass a law authorising it before any new branch of the military could be created. The other USA military branches are the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps. We must have American dominance in space, he said in his address to the advisory body led by vice-president Mike Pence. "The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers".

She also warned that after United States military build-up sets in space, it would have a "destabilising effect on strategic stability and worldwide security". He said, "Our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity but a matter of national security". This would have had the new branch of the military acting under the Air Force.

"Space doesn't dominate one small geographic area - it dominates continents, oceans", said Francona.

Trump also vowed to soon return the United States to the moon and to reach Mars. For five decades now, the treaty has protected both the "haves" (like the U.S., China and Russia) and the "have-nots" in terms of space-faring countries.

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He also signed a new Space Policy Directive, which will establish new protocols and procedures to manage and monitor the satellites in low-Earth orbit. In May, he said, "But to look at the problem means we have to look afresh at it, and where are the specific problems, break them down, and if an organizational construct has to change, then I'm wide open to it".

That being said, military involvement in space-related activities has occurred since the dawn of the space era. "Separate but equal, it is going to be something so important".

"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. It also sets up new guidelines for satellite design and operation, to avoid collisions and spacecraft breakups.

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