STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Trump: Space Force and Air Force will be 'separate but equal'

President Donald Trump used a term from US segregationist history to describe the relationship between the Air Force ...

Posted: Jun 18, 2018 6:55 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2018 6:55 PM

President Donald Trump used a term from US segregationist history to describe the relationship between the Air Force and his newest military branch, the Space Force, calling it "separate but equal."

"We must have American dominance in space. Very importantly, I'm hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish the Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That's a big step," he said in the White House East Room during a meeting of his National Space Council Monday.

"We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force: separate but equal, it is going to be something so important," he said.

The term "separate but equal" became a legal precedent following an 1896 Supreme Court ruling Plessy v. Ferguson that said the use of racially separate facilities, if equal, was not discrimination. That legal rationale was deemed unconstitutional through a series of Supreme Court decisions, ending with 1954's Brown v. Board of Education.

In addition to calling for the Space Force, Trump signed Space Policy Directive -- 3 Monday, part of his administration's push to lead in the space space.

Trump previously floated the idea of adding a "Space Force" branch to the US military -- a concept that has received some support on Capitol Hill but drawn skepticism from the Pentagon.

Space Policy Directive -- 3 is primarily focused on satellite traffic management and mitigating debris in space. The policy, executive secretary of the National Space Council Scott Pace told reporters, "seeks to address the challenges of a congested space environment."

"If we're going to expand the economy in space, we need to make sure it's done in a sustainable way," Pace said.

For the private sector's space activity, the primary effect of the policy is "more rapid and more accurate information on where they can launch," as well as "flexibility in launch windows," and satellites having "more time to put toward revenue-generating activities rather than maneuvering" to avoid collision risks, Pace said.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 8931

Reported Deaths: 208
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah223969
Marion153947
Washington137920
Clackamas75124
Umatilla5334
Union3421
Lincoln3242
Deschutes1830
Lane1653
Linn1519
Polk14912
Yamhill1268
Malheur1241
Klamath1230
Jefferson1180
Jackson1170
Hood River880
Benton845
Wasco731
Morrow641
Clatsop490
Douglas420
Coos410
Josephine331
Columbia300
Lake190
Tillamook110
Crook100
Wallowa100
Curry70
Baker40
Grant10
Harney10
Sherman10
Gilliam00
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 238681

Reported Deaths: 6169
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1056653405
Riverside18041463
San Diego14623370
Orange14413345
San Bernardino12746258
Imperial652397
Alameda6156136
Fresno528975
Kern476876
Santa Clara4572158
Tulare4323128
San Joaquin391454
San Francisco364850
Sacramento339768
San Mateo3311108
Contra Costa324877
Ventura309646
Santa Barbara289629
Kings250434
Marin239419
Stanislaus231044
Monterey169115
Solano140225
Sonoma11857
Merced113111
Placer72411
San Luis Obispo6422
Yolo55524
Madera5415
Santa Cruz3993
Napa3334
San Benito2392
Lassen2330
El Dorado1980
Sutter1973
Butte1892
Humboldt1334
Shasta1294
Nevada1171
Glenn1150
Yuba941
Mendocino850
Tehama821
Lake790
Colusa590
Del Norte511
Mono421
Calaveras400
Inyo321
Siskiyou310
Tuolumne300
Mariposa271
Amador240
Plumas100
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 53°
Feels Like: 66°
Brookings
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 72°
Crater Lake
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 63°
Grants Pass
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 70°
Klamath Falls
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 63°
Cool nights and warm days this week
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Thursday, July 2 morning weather

Image

Wednesday, July 1st Evening Weather

Image

Klamath County marks first death linked to COVID-19

Image

Fireworks rules for Medford

Image

Wednesday, July 1 morning weather

Image

Tuesday, June 30th Evening Weather

Image

OSHA describes enforcement of statewide mask requirements

Image

Oregon OSHA charged with enforcing statewide mask mandate

Image

Push to legalize use of psilocybin in Oregon makes ballot

Image

Tuesday, June 30 afternoon weather