UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — US President Donald Trump has announced the formation of a space command that will be responsible for securing US-dominated US and Russian control in this new military field, in a bid to ensure readiness in the event of a Star Wars.
“This is a historic moment, a historic day that recognizes the importance of central space for US security and defense,” Trump said at a ceremony in Washington on Thursday, adding that “Spicecom’s leadership will ensure that US hegemony in space will never be threatened because we know that the best way to avoid conflicts is to prepare.”
For Trump, it is about fighting the enemies of the United States who are attacking “American satellites, which are very important to operations in the battlefields and to our way of life.”
This would be the 11th Pentagon military command, for example, comparable to the Central Command, which is charged with US military operations in the Middle East.
The new command will oversee space, satellites and high-flying aircraft.
After Spicecom, Trump confirmed that the Space Force, which will become the US Army’s sixth branch, will be established alongside the armies of the Navy, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The “force” will be formed within the Air Force, which has been overseeing military operations in space since the 1950s.
Spicecom’s mission will be multiple, including deterrence, defense, effective combat capability and training of combatants in space warfare, according to the Pentagon.
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The goal is to ensure that the United States is on the new battlefield in the face of threats from China and Russia, which have developed their technological capabilities.
“Today, we are the best in the world, but our level of excellence is narrowing,” General John Raymond, commander of the new military command, told a news conference.
The Air Force general said the threats ranged from jamming communications and GPS satellites to launching a surface-to-air missile against a satellite “as China did in 2007”.
Spicecom will work with Washington’s traditional allies: the Five Eyes, a group of US, New Zealand, British, Canadian and Australian intelligence services, as well as Germany, Japan and France, which have already announced plans for a space command.
Raymond said: “Historically, we did not need allies in outer space, which was a secondary area, but has become very important today.”
“Space will not be our weak point,” said Steve Kitai, deputy defense secretary for space affairs. “Spicecom and the power of space will focus on life on Earth,” he said when asked about the prospect of seeking life beyond the planet.
In March 2018, Trump attributed the idea to himself, although the House of Representatives voted a year earlier to create a “ space division ” law that was then publicly opposed by then Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, arguing that a sixth military branch would be prohibitive and unnecessary.
US Air Force Commander Heather Wilson also voiced opposition to the idea. In addition, the future space force could face opposition from Congress, which is supposed to approve its White House funding of about $ 8 billion.
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