President Trump, United States, Space Policy Institute discussed on All Things Considered

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All things considered from NPR news. I'm Ari Shapiro. Audie cornish. President Trump signed a directive this afternoon to create a brand new space force. He envisions an entirely new military branch that would ensure as he puts it American dominance in space NPR national security correspondent, Greg Mary looks at how the concept is being received President Trump likes to boast that the US has the world's strongest military on land at sea end in the air. But what about space, it's the future? It's where we're going. I suspect whether we like it or not that's where we're going in space. That's the next step, and we have to be prepared. The president's spoke in the Oval Office as he signed a directive calling on the Pentagon to draft legislation to create a space force would be the sixth branch of the military, but some are questioning the cost and the necessity. The air force already has something called the space command unless there is something that causes a massive expansion in the number of military personnel amount of money, we spend on space that would justify new department. I honestly can't see that. Brian Weeden is a former air force officer who's now with the nonprofit secure world foundation. He does think a shakeup is in order. The biggest problem people identify is that the air force has not giving enough priority to space. This space force would be part of the air force at least initially, but congress has to approve it. And it's not clear how much support Trump's proposal has. Especially among Democrats who control the house the last time. Congress created a new military branch was nineteen forty seven when it established the air force. But Trump's ideas backed by those who say the US military needs to do more in space. I hate to use the word, really adversary. But certainly the leading threat to US space capabilities China, John Loxton is professor emeritus at the space policy institute at George Washington University. I think China's developed the capability to attack our forces in order to defend itself. So whether you call that offensive or defensive they have the ability to wage an attack against U S space assets, the air force already handles missile warning systems, satellite communications, and GPS systems and other branches of the military have their own missions in space. The president's space force would incorporate them all and get a seat on the joint chiefs of staff. America must be fully equipped to defend our vital interests. Our adversaries are training forces and developing technology to undermine our security and space in a memo last fall air force secretary, Heather Wilson estimated it would take five years and thirteen billion dollars to get the space force up and running Greg. Mary NPR news, Washington documentaries are having a moment at Sundance last month net. Flicks reportedly paid ten million dollars for knock down the house. It broke the film festivals documentary sales record. The film follows the campaigns of four female congressional candidates, including Alexandria, Cossio Cortez of New York. In america..

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