Trump orders Pentagon to draft space force legislation

Washington, Feb 20 (IANS) US President Donald Trump signed a directive on Tuesday that directs the Pentagon to draft legislation on creating a US Space Force.

It is "a bold, strategic step toward guaranteeing American space dominance," according to the White House.

"Our destiny, beyond the Earth, is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security," Trump said, reports Xinhua news agency.

The Space Policy Directive-4 called on the Secretary of Defence to develop a legislative proposal establishing the Space Force as the sixth branch of the Armed Forces.

The Space Force, nevertheless, will initially be established within the Department of the Air Force, according to the White House.

In June last year, Trump proposed the Space Force to be "separate but equal" with the US Air Force.

The new directive, however, stoked opposition.

"Space security cannot be achieved unilaterally or solely through military means. It will require coordination and cooperation with other spacefaring nations," said Laura Grego, a senior scientist in the Global Security Programme at the Union of Concerned Scientists, in a statement.

"If concentrating authority in a space force creates an incentive for nations to build space weapons that increase the likelihood of conflict, it would be a profoundly bad idea," she said.

The creation of a new military branch still requires the approval of Congress.

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