Trump Signs Directive to Establish US Space Force

first_img Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet President Trump on Tuesday signed a directive to establish a new branch of the military dedicated to handling threats in space.The United States Space Force will become the sixth division of the U.S. Armed Forces, as a component of the Air Force (like the Marines under the Navy).“This is an important step toward a future military department for space,” according to Space Policy Directive 4, the text of which was published by the White House.A Space Force, as described in the document, would be authorized to “organize, train, and equip military space forces … to ensure unfettered access to, and freedom to operate in, space, and to provide vital capabilities to joint and coalition forces in peacetime and across the spectrum of conflict.”Before anyone can ensure America’s sovereignty among the stars, though, the proposal must be OKed by Congress, where it will be submitted in the “coming weeks,” Reuters reported.Trump in March floated the idea of launching a space force to fight cosmic enemies.The US already boasts an Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force. There’s plenty of room and funding for another division, right?“We’re doing a tremendous amount of work in space,” he said at the time. “I said, ‘Maybe we need a new force. We’ll build a space force.’ And I was not really serious. And then I said, ‘What a great idea. Maybe we’ll have to do that. That could happen. That could be the big breaking story.’”Except, it’s not a novel idea: The House Armed Services Committee in 2017 voted to create a U.S. Space Corps, which would absorb the Air Force’s current celestial missions.If approved, the Space Force would become the nation’s first new military service since 1947.More on Geek.com:Steve Carell to Lead New Netflix Series Inspired by Trump’s Space ForceVote For Your Favorite ‘Space Force’ LogoU.S. Air Force Creates Space Mission Force to Prevent War in Space Stay on targetlast_img

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