But today, while attending the National Space Council meeting, he announced that he is officially directing the Pentagon to create this sixth branch of the government. "Our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity but a matter of national security".
The Air Force, which now oversees many of America's space systems, is already well aware of the threat. He also that "the future belongs totally to us" and said that America "will lead humanity into those forbidden skies, but they will not be forbidden long". Creating a new joint military command is largely the purview of Congress, which would have to provide the authority and any funding or shifting of money to a new unit. It simply directs the US Department of Defense to begin planning for this new sixth branch of the military.
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The announcement both affirms and alters the content of Trump's previous remarks on adding space to the broad area under the US military's actionable purview. The language in the 2019 House National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) seeks to establish a fighting force, housed within the Air Force, which would be dedicated to space war-fighting, giving it less autonomy than a separate force would. In his first post, Harrison said of the president's announcement that this was "at least the third time he has said something like this publicly, so it's not completely out of the blue". He has since offered limited details about how the Space Force would operate.
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.
The policy calls for providing a safe and secure environment in orbit, as satellite traffic increases. We've compiled some of the best social media reactions to Donald Trump's Space Force and references to science fiction below.
However, Mattis has stated he opposes the creation of a Space Force. The directive also follows up on the president's signing of Space Policy Directive- 1 in December of 2017 which instructed NASA to return American astronauts to the Moon, followed by human missions to Mars.