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In a bid to expand military outreach Trump launches US Space Warfare Command

A key step toward reorganising the nation’s armed forces to focus more on the threats posed in space, formally establishing the United States Space Command

Establishment of the United States Space Command

President Trump on Thursday took a key step toward reorganising the nation’s armed forces to focus more on the threats posed in space, formally establishing the United States Space Command.

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A landmark moment

In a 10-minute ceremony in the Rose Garden, Trump called the command’s creation a “landmark moment” in protecting America’s assets in space and said it would help “defend America’s vital interests in space, the next warfighting domain, and I think that’s pretty obvious to everybody. It’s all about space.”
 

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Operations of the Space Command

The space command’s operations are expected to include enabling satellite-based navigation and communications for troops in the field, providing warning of missile launches abroad and defending against disruption by Chinese and Russian anti-satellite weapons.

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Space conflicts with China and Russia

Air Force General John Raymond, who will lead the new command, said ahead of the White House ceremony that US rivals China and Russia are already pouring huge resources into space operations, where they believe they can, in a conflict, diminish US advantages.

The challenges range from adversaries jamming communications and GPS satellites to, as China demonstrated in 2007, ground-launched missiles.

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Approval from Congress

In reality space force - which would join the army, navy, air force, marine corps and coast guard as distinct service - is yet to win final approval by Congress. 

House and Senate bills differ on some point and work to reconcile the two will start after Congress returns from its summer recess.

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Sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces

The people in Space Force would be assigned to missions directed by Space Command, just as members of the Army and other services are assigned to an organization like US Strategic Command.

Like other branches of the military, Space Force would be headed by a four-star general who would have a seat at the table with the other Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Trump wanted Space Force to be "separate but equal" to the other services, but instead, it is expected to be made part of the air force, similar to how the Marine Corps is part of the Navy.

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Relaunch of Space Command

The United States military has had a Space Command before.

It was launched in 1985 and disestablished in 2002 as the Pentagon reorganised in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks. 

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