Trump Directs Pentagon to Create ‘Space Force’
“We must have American dominance in space.” So said President Trump yesterday as he tasked the Defense Department with establishing a sixth, space-focused branch of the military. He also signed Space Policy Directive 3 to regulate space debris and improve extraterrestrial traffic control. Recent House legislation proposed a Space Corps within the Air Force, though it was scrapped from the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, and the U.S. already has an Air Force Space Command. Creating and funding a new military branch will require an act of Congress.