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Trump launches space command over star war threats

2019-08-30T00:28:21.284Z

The President of the United States also confirmed Thursday the next creation of a "space force" that will become a sixth branch of the US military.



Donald Trump with General John Raymond, who will lead the "Spacecom", at a ceremony at the White House in Washington on August 29. KEVIN LAMARQUE / REUTERS

Donald Trump wants to be ready in case of star wars: the US president launched Thursday, August 29, a military command of space, which will be responsible for ensuring the dominance of the United States, threatened by China and Russia , on this new war ground.

The president, at a ceremony in Washington, said:

"It's a historic moment, a historic day, that recognizes that space is at the center of America's national security and defense. "

This command, dubbed "Spacecom" , "will ensure that US space domination is never questioned or threatened because we know that the best way to prevent conflict is to prepare for victory." He added. For Mr. Trump, it is about fighting the enemies of the United States who are attacking the "American satellites that are so important for operations on the battlegrounds and for our lifestyle . "

The "Spacecom" becomes the 11th military command of the Pentagon, equivalent for example to Centcom, in charge of US military operations in the Middle East. Its mission is multiple: to dissuade, to defend, to offer an effective space combat capability and to train fighters for war in space, according to the Pentagon.

Next creation of a "force of space"

After the Spacecom, Mr. Trump confirmed the next creation of a "space force" that will become a sixth branch of the US military, alongside the Army, the US Navy, the US Air Force, the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard. The "force" will be formed within the Air Force, which has been overseeing military operations in space since the 1950s.

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The aim is to secure the supremacy of the United States on this new battlefield, threatened by China and Russia, which have developed their technological capabilities.

"We are the best in the world today, but our level of superiority is narrowing. We want to move quickly and stay ahead, " assured General John Raymond, who will lead the Spacecom, at a press point before the official announcement.

The threats range from scrambling communications and GPS satellites to striking a surface-to-air missile against a satellite "as China did in 2007," he said. This general of the air force added:

"Historically, we did not need allies in space, which was a secondary domain. It has become very important today. "

"Space will not be our Achilles Heel"

Spacecom will work with Washington's traditional allies: the Five Eyes group, which brings together the US, New Zealand, British, Canadian and Australian intelligence services, as well as Germany, Japan and France, which has already announced the forthcoming creation of a command dedicated to space.

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"Space will not be our Achilles heel , " said Steve Kitay, deputy defense minister for space affairs. Asked about possible research on alien life, Mr. Kitay said that "Spacecom and the force of space focus on life on Earth . "

In March 2018, Mr Trump had decided on the idea of ​​this space force, but the House of Representatives had voted one year earlier to create a "space corps" . The then Minister of Defense, Jim Mattis, publicly opposed it, considering a sixth military branch too expensive and unnecessary. US Air Force Chief Heather Wilson also voiced opposition to the idea. In addition, the future force of space may face opposition from Congress to approve its funding, estimated at $ 8 billion by the White House.

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Source: lemonde

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