Who’s the "rocket man" now, Donald Trump?

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President Donald Trump announced Monday that he will direct the Defense Department and the Pentagon to create a new military branch, the "Space Force".

"Marillyn Hewson, president and chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin Corp., left, and Dennis Muilenburg, chairman and chief executive officer of Boeing Co., attend a National Space Council meeting on Monday". "But our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security so important for our military".

President Donald Trump announced plans for the creation of a separate "Space Force" branch of the military on Monday, despite America's years-long reliance on Russian Federation to send astronauts into orbit.

This is not the first time that Trump has mentioned a specific military branch or "space force" dedicated to space. It simply directs the US Department of Defense to begin planning for this new sixth branch of the military.

Trump previously floated the idea of adding a "Space Force" branch to the USA military - a concept that has received some support on Capitol Hill but drawn skepticism from the Pentagon.

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This "Space Corps" was a notably less ambitious proposal than what Trump seems to be describing. The Air Force now has a Space Command division that oversees space-based military operations.

Retired Air Force Lieutenant General Dave Deptula, dean of the Air Force Association-founded Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, described the decision to create a Space Force as "another example of ready, fire, aim", in a Monday news briefing.

The House Armed Services Committee was unable to successfully insert the provision in the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), but the bill did include several reforms to the military's space operations. In the 1950s, President Dwight Eisenhower established two separate space programs - a civilian one that became NASA, and a military one.

Meanwhile, nearly every other personnel and family readiness policy would be specific to the space force and open to new development. Thankfully the president can't do it without Congress because now is NOT the time to rip the Air Force apart.

In December, the president signed a directive that he said would enable astronauts to return to the moon and eventually lead a mission to Mars. Any future "Space Force " spending would be modest given that it would need to compete with other big, politically protected Defense Department priorities Congress already funds. Most believed that the National Space Council meeting would just discuss a new policy for providing a safe space environment to avoid collisions as satellite traffic increases, The Washington Post reported.

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