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Trump Orders DoD to Establish 'Space Force' to Militarize Outer Space

President is creating 6th branch of US military for off-planet militarization

By: Jay Greenberg  |@NeonNettle
 on 19th June 2018 @ 2.45pm
president trump makes surprise announcement to reveal the creation of space force © press
President Trump makes surprise announcement to reveal the creation of Space Force

In a surprising announcement, President Trump has revealed that he has ordered the DoD to establish a 6th branch of the US military called Space Force.

Donald Trump revealed that during a meeting with the National Space Council over the weekend, he has already instructed the Department of Defense and the Pentagon to begin creating the sixth branch of the Armed Forces.

In a statement, Mr. Trump said that Space Force will have a similar role to the Air Force, except it will be used off-planet to militarize outer space.

“We are going to have the Air Force and we’re going to have the Space Force, separate but equal. It is going to be something so important,” President Trump said.

The announcement has been met with a mixed response with some claiming it's an inappropriate use of funding.

Other suspicions have been raised that establishing Space Force is the next step towards a large scale "alien invasion" false flag designed to steer international citizens to call for a single world government.

space force will be the 6th branch of the us armed forces © press
Space Force will be the 6th branch of the US Armed Forces

Space Force

According to The Verge, the announcement came as a surprise in a meeting where the newly revived National Space Council was set to unveil the first comprehensive policy on space traffic management.

“The whole point of today’s meeting was not about this at all, it was about the space traffic management policy decision,” says Brian Weeden, director of program planning for the Secure World Foundation — an NGO that focuses on space policy.

Still, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Trump’s hopes for a Space Force; he first proposed the idea of a Space Force in March 2018 — contradicting Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ opposition to creating a new military service.

In a letter to the Committee on Armed Services, Mattis argued that it would just create more overhead and bureaucracy.

As it stands, the Air Force is largely in charge of controlling national security in space under the umbrella of the Air Force Space Command.

Its responsibilities include supervising launches and controlling DoD satellites — including ones involved in missile early warnings, communication, and navigation.

“There’s a lot of complexity in making this change since it involves creating a whole new Pentagon bureaucracy from scratch,” Weeden says.

“Everything as mundane as new uniforms all the way through to new doctrine, and probably tens of thousands of new people ... it would be a really big change, and it’s not something to be taken lightly.”

Nevertheless, Trump doubled down on his Space Force hopes today. He framed US space exploration as “not just a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security,” he said.

“So important for our military, so important, and people don’t talk about it.”

What he didn’t talk about today were details about what exactly the Space Force would do and how it would be funded.

In fact, the president can’t just unilaterally create a new branch of the military in an off-the-cuff announcement, experts say.

trump says space force will be similar to the air force but used in outer space © press
Trump says Space Force will be similar to the Air Force but used in outer space

“To actually create a space force, Congress would have to pass some legislation to do so — both to create it and to actually fund it,” Weeden says.

In fact, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 already directed the DoD to prepare a report on establishing a “space corps,” according to Space News.

The NDAA instructs the Deputy Secretary of Defense to hire an independent research organization without ties to the Air Force to “provide Congress with a roadmap to establish a separate military department responsible for national security space activities of the DoD.” 

That final report is due in August.

But plans for a Space Force may have been nipped in the bud more than fifty years ago by the Outer Space Treaty, which spells out what the treaty’s signatories are allowed to do in space.

They’re not, for example, allowed to put nukes in orbit, on the Moon, or any other celestial body.

The treaty also bans war games, military installations, or weapons testing sites there.

But that hasn’t stopped space from becoming weaponized: after all, satellites orbiting Earth are key for communication, military surveillance, and weapons guidance.

Maybe creating a Space Force really is possible — but today’s announcement didn’t magically make it happen.

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