U.S. military dominance in space could reignite arms race, Russian Federation warns

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After President Donald Trump announced that he wants the Department of Defense to establish a "Space Force," a move that could militarize space, Russian Federation threatened there would be consequences. "We must have American dominance in space", Mr Trump said at the White House.

While Russia has a branch of the military called "space forces", their activities are "purely defensive", the spokeswoman insisted.

Historically it has been left to the US Air Force to oversee the command of the military's existing satellite systems such as reconnaissance satellites, missile-warning systems, GPS and communications platforms, however, with the US military and intelligence agencies increasingly concerned about the vulnerability of such critical units, there are calls by some for a separate entity to protect these space-based assets.

Members of Congress and United States military officials joined Kelly in his criticism of Trump's plans to create a new space agency.

When Trump asked Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to "carry that assignment out", Dunford replied, "We got it".

President Trump announced his plan to establish a sixth branch of the armed forces dedicated to protecting Americans.in space.

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The Trump administration would also embrace the budding commercial space industry, Mr Trump said, by allowing American "rich guys" to use U.S. real estate to launch their rockets. "The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers".

"The militarization of space is a path toward catastrophe", Viktor Bondarev, a Russian parliamentarian told reporters following Trump's announcement on Monday.

Ever since the Space Age started with the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik, there has been a military and national security aspect to space, even though there are treaties and a United Nations committee that explicitly talk about keeping space a place of peace. This would have had the new branch of the military acting under the Air Force. The creation of a new military branch will take time, as well as agreements from Congress.

"Russia takes a fundamentally different position and attaches priority to using and exploring space exclusively for peaceful purposes", Zakharova said.

It is reported that Donald trump has signed a Directive aimed at reducing the amount of clutter on the satellite orbit of the planet, as satellite bandwidth is growing.

NASA is developing concepts for an orbital "gateway" space station circling the moon that would serve as a base of operations, a technology testbed and a jumping off point for future flights into deep space. "We've always led - we've gone way far afield for decades now". "Separate but equal, it is going to be something so important". "Naturally, we keep the closest watch on Washington's intentions and analyze the likely effects", Zakharova said.