Russian Federation says United States plans for space force herald new arms race

Pauline Gross
June 23, 2018

"The whole world is looking up to the U.S., and the United States is respected again".

"Everybody wants to do it", he said. We provide our community with the opportunity to share their opinions and vote on topics that matter most to them. "And we knocked that out". "What makes this piece of news most alarming is the goal of the instruction was described in very clear terms - dominance in space". "The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers".

"The future of war will be fought in space, and we must stay diligent and ahead of other countries for our own national security".

Trump said Monday that "we are going to have the space force" which he deemed a "separate but equal" branch of the military.

Trump said this week he will establish a sixth branch of the military named the "Space Force", pending budgetary approval from the U.S. Congress.

In his latest directive on space matters, Trump called for the Pentagon to create a new "space force" that would become the sixth branch of the USA armed forces - a proposal that requires congressional approval.

Space is a critical element in USA military operations, providing satellite-based intelligence, secure communications, weather forecasting and weapons command and control. China and Russian Federation could be well-disposed toward establishing such an worldwide norm; after all, they have proposed a treaty to ban the placement of weapons in space entirely - a proposal the United States has blocked for a decade.

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"The US military relies heavily on space based operations, including communications, command and control, intelligence, surveillance, and all facets of operations", said Francona. If we do, then we should likewise agree that callous calls for massive new programs and full military branches being used as a distraction are an affront to that importance.

But the issue has been contested, and even Defense Secretary Jim Mattis expressed some early reluctance to creating a new military service citing the expense and broader effort to integrate warfighting. But, a space force is a very big plan.

USA military develop in space "particularly after the presence of weapons there, would have a destabilizing impact on vital strength and universal security", Zakharova cautioned. This also includes the 10,000+ space debris that poses a high risk to spacecraft. This would act as a jumping off point for sending astronauts to Mars.

"The goal is sustainability", Bridenstine said.

Similarly, while Chinese officials have always stressed the country's "peaceful motives" behind its space exploration and utilization China has developed and tested anti-satellite and antiballistic missile weapons, that analysts say could disrupt and destroy most United States communication satellites. Whatever side of the political spectrum you're on, hopefully we're all in agreement that space operations are important.

Both NASA astronauts and Russian cosmonauts are crew members on the International Space Station and the orbiting laboratory is reliant on space launches from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome.

"My administration is reclaiming America's heritage as the world's greatest space-faring nation", he went on.

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