"What's next, we move submarines to the 7th branch and call it the "'under-the-sea force?'"
The idea of a space force that would oversee those efforts as a stand-alone Pentagon entity has surfaced several times in the past, but the Pentagon has resisted such calls, leaving it to U.S. Air Force Space Command to oversee such efforts.
The Pentagon, which opposed a congressional proposal previous year to create a space corps within the Air Force Department, has been taking another look at the idea as part of a broader, congressionally mandated review of space reorganization options. He said that now is not the time to rip the Air Force apart.
"Most importantly", he added, "any future exploration plan must be bipartisan".
President Donald Trump directed the Pentagon to create a new Space Force, which would be the sixth military branch in the Department of Defense and be "separate but equal" to the Air Force.
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"A military buildup in space, in particular, after the deployment of weapons there, would have destabilizing effects on strategic stability and global security".
While Trump has previously talked about his desire for a space unit, he seemed to take those musings one step further, specifically ordering the Pentagon to begin the creation of a sixth branch of the American armed forces.
Trump noted that the creation of "Space troops" will be held under the supervision of the head of the joint chiefs Joseph Dunford.
"Space doesn't dominate one small geographic area - it dominates continents, oceans", said Francona.
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Zakharova accused the United States of "nurturing plans to bring out weapons into space with the aim of possibly staging military action there". This would have it working to protect America's assets in outer space. "The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers".
The meeting also saw Trump sign his administration's third Space Policy Directive, which primarily focuses on managing and monitoring the increasing numbers of satellites in low-Earth orbit and mitigating debris in space. It also sets up new guidelines for satellite design and operation, to avoid collisions and spacecraft breakups.