United States Space Force

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President Trump holds up Space Policy Directive-3 at the White House on June 18, 2018

The United States Space Force is a proposed new branch of the Military of the United States. It is planned to have control over military operations in outer space. On June 18, 2018, President Donald Trump announced in an address to the National Space Council a directive that requests the creation of a sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces.[1]

The president announced his intention for The Pentagon to create the 'Space Force' as an independent service branch, separate from the United States Air Force.[2]

However, Trump's Defense Secretary James Mattis and Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson think it is a bad idea because it is "complex" and will override the Air Force's job.[3] Many US Senators stated they would rather create a Space Corps inside the Air Force.[4] The Air Force has had a "Space Command" since September 1, 1982.[5]General John W. Raymond is the commander of Space Command since December 2017.[6]

Vice President Mike Pence in August 2018 announced a plan that would create the Space Force by 2020.[7]

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  1. "Trump orders establishment of 'space force' as 6th branch of military"". Fox News. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  2. "The Latest: Trump tells Pentagon to create "Space Force"". abcnews.go.com. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  3. Koren, Marina (March 13, 2018). "What Does Trump Mean By 'Space Force'?". The Atlantic.
  4. "Pence details plan for creation of Space Force in what would be the sixth branch of the military". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  5. "AIR FORCE SPACE COMMAND HERITAGE". Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  6. "GENERAL JOHN W. RAYMOND". Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  7. Clark, Dartunorro (2018-08-09). "Pence launches Space Force, says U.S. needs to prepare for 'next battlefield' "As President Trump has said, in his words, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space — we must have American dominance in space," Pence said at the Pentagon Thursday". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-08-09.