President Trump said yesterday (June 18th) that he’s directing the Pentagon to create a “Space Force” as an independent military service branch with the goal of U.S. supremacy in space. “When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space. We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal.” A Space Force would be the sixth branch of the Armed Forces. However, AP noted that Trump may have limited power to create a new military command, since doing so is largely the responsibility of Congress. The Air Force Space Command was created in 1982, which provides space and cyber capabilities for the Defense Department, and the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base designs and buys most of the Pentagon’s space systems, while also overseeing satellite and other aircraft launches. A number of federal defense agencies control portions of the space program. The Pentagon said in March as part of a space force review that it has already made organizational changes to beef up the stature of the force, but is reviewing others.