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Trump orders Pentagon to create a ‘space force’, ensure American dominance

Trump said it was not enough to merely have US presence in space, but to have American dominance in space.

world Updated: Jun 18, 2018 23:01 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Washington
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President Donald Trump shows off a "Space Policy Directive" after signing it during a meeting of the National Space Council in the East Room of the White House, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Washington.(AP)

President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the Pentagon to create a new US “space force,” which would become the sixth branch of the American military and would ensure “American dominance” in space.

“I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces,” Trump said.

“We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the space force, separate but equal,” he added.

“When it comes to defending America it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space.” Details about the role and timing of the space force were not immediately clear.

Trump’s comments came at the start of the third meeting of the National Space Council, an advisory body led by Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump also announced he would sign a directive on space traffic management, aimed at monitoring objects in orbit so as to avoid collisions and debris strikes.

First Published: Jun 18, 2018 22:49 IST