Published: Fri, June 22, 2018

Russia says U.S. plans for space force herald new arms race

Russia says U.S. plans for space force herald new arms race

In the USA, the development of an advanced space program has been a critical element of national security since the Eisenhower administration.

President Trump has ordered for the creation of a Space Force, which will serve as the sixth military branch in the United States. "What makes this piece of news most alarming is the objective of the instruction was described in very clear terms - dominance in space".

For several months, the Department of Defense has been doing work on an ongoing review that seeks to establish a space force separate from the Air Force. He added: "We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal". "It is going to be something so important.But that's the importance that we give it".

Dunford appeared to acknowledge the order, responding, "We got it".

There's general consensus among lawmakers that it's time to grant special attention to military space issues - but not how it should be done. She noted that Russian Federation and China have proposed an worldwide treaty that would ban space-based weapons.

The new branch would assume much of the duties now handled by the Air Force Space Command and the Space and Missile Defense Center.


The process of creating a new branch of the military is no light undertaking, as it would require a multitude of complex changes that would need to be implemented. Congress must act to create a new branch of military service, but will the power of the military lobbyists win the day?

In the US, analysts noted that the proposed space force would likely face complications, delays or outright rejection after the 2020 presidential election.

According to CBS News, he announced this at the National Space Council Meeting at the White House.

The president framed space as a national security issue, saying he does not want "China and Russian Federation and other countries leading us". "We do not want this to be "Lucy and the football" again. We've always led. We've gone way far afield for decades now". Nelson, who once flew aboard a space shuttle is a Florida Democrat now running for re-election.

"It essentially calls for building another orbital space station, a skill my colleagues and I have already demonstrated on the ISS", Virts said. As the Pentagon noted in its response, this foray into the final frontier is going to take a long, long time to set up.

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