President Donald Trump on Monday said he was clearing the way for the United States to exercise extra-terrestrial dominance by establishing a new, sixth branch of the military that he dubbed a "space force". "Our destiny beyond the earth is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security, so important for our military and people don't talk about it", Trump continued.
The president's latest directive indicates that importance of American dominance in space is related to national security.
In the months before the announcement, Air Force leaders and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis acknowledged the service needed greater focus on space issues, and they took preliminary steps to carve out a new command and procurement structures. Lawmakers are already speaking up to point out the president can not unilaterally create a new branch of the military.
Trump tells military members at Miramar Air Station in San Diego, California that space is a war-fighting domain.
During his remarks, Trump promised that America will always be first in space and that national pride is at stake. Conceivably the 2019 NDAA that is now going through the legislative cycle could create the Space Force, Loverro said, although Congress would have to give the Defense Department at least one or two years to execute such a large reorganization.
The U.S. Air Force now controls the vast majority of the space portfolio in the U.S. military.
Meanwhile, nearly every other personnel and family readiness policy would be specific to the space force and open to new development.
Last northern autumn, that proposal was scrapped amid resistance from senior Pentagon officials, including Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein, who said it would create unnecessary costs and bureaucracy. Space has already been militarized - a Space Force would actually be primarily tasked with the defense of orbital defensive assets the USA military has already long relied on for day to day operations.
It's not clear whether or when the Space Force will be created. One of its primary goals is to support the peaceful global use of space by all governments, and it seems like the Space Force would be a radically different organization.
Dubbed a "space traffic management policy", the new directive is created to handle the growing amount of debris in orbit around the Earth.
Mr. Trump also signed a directive on space traffic management, aimed at boosting public-private monitoring of objects in orbit so as to avoid collisions and debris strikes.