Media Alert: Explaining the U.S. “Space Force,” Spokesperson Available

With the president calling for a new military branch this week, get the pros and cons of the plan and find out what the U.S. military is already doing off-world.

Yesterday, President Donald Trump voiced support for a “Space Force,” a sixth branch of the U.S. military that would be focused on all matters off-world.

In remarks to the National Space Council, President Trump said, ““I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That’s a big statement. We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force — separate but equal.”

In the wake of Trump’s directive, there are some major questions. Does the U.S. now have starship troopers? What are the pros and cons to a Space Force? And is such a military branch even legal under international treaties?

Michael Greshko, National Geographic science and space expert, is available for commentary out of Washington, D.C. Michael would be able to break down this directive, help viewers understand what “Space Force” would look like, and answer any other questions regarding the implications of this latest news.

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776