President Trump tells Pentagon to create 'Space Force'

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"It is going to be something - so important", Trump said.

That proposal was the brainchild of Reps. He had previously posited the idea of forming a space agency that would incorporate "portions equivalent to parts of the Air Force, Army and Navy", NBC reports, but said in his announcement the new service will complement, not infringe upon, the Air Force's existing role.

The Trump Administration would do well to let these peaceful, private initiatives develop, as opposed to crowding them out by launching the government's most bloated bureaucracy into space.

In December, Trump signed a directive that he said would enable astronauts to return to the moon and eventually lead a mission to Mars.

"The Joint Staff will work closely with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, other [Defense Department] stakeholders and the Congress to implement the president's guidance", the defense official said in an emailed statement.

But today it became apparent that his Space Force is real.

"Space is a war-fighting arena, just like the land, air and sea", he said in a March 13 address.

Before making his remarks on the space program, President Trump also weighed in on the ongoing immigration crisis - blasting the U.S.' current immigration laws and saying the crisis is "the Democrats' fault". He specifically asked Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford to oversee the process. Among them is a provision that requires the deputy secretary of Defense to study the possibility of creating a space corps in the future. The review is to include Shanahan's recommendations for how the Defense Department should organize its space programs to "increase performance", according to a Pentagon memorandum. Both China and Russian Federation have conducted tests of anti-satellite weapons that could potentially knock military satellites from orbit.

Mr. Trump's wholehearted embrace of the concept, at the very least, is bound to rev up support for the new military branch and push the debate to the top of the legislative agenda over the Pentagon's direction. In a letter last summer to Republican Rep. Mike Turner of OH, who spearheaded the congressional effort against a separate space force, Mattis said he was opposed to the idea. "I couldn't agree with (the president) more", he wrote in a tweet. It appeared to be something of a joke, but then he later added, "I don't know".

Whatever form it takes, the creation of a new branch of the military will only invite more waste in a Department of Defense bureaucracy that continues to siphon off billions of taxpayer dollars while rarely being held accountable for how it spends its massive budget.

"And we're actually thinking of a sixth, and that would be the Space Force". Congressional action will likely be needed to create the appointments and appropriations necessary to bring a new branch of the military into existence.

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