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Published on Jun 23, 2018
(18 Jun 2018) FOR CLEAN VERSION SEE STORY NUMBER: apus099267
President Donald Trump announces that he is directing the Pentagon to create the 'Space Force' as an independent service branch. The new branch of the military whose creation will be overseen by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford. President Trump also announced he was signing a new space policy directive that aims to reduce satellite clutter in space. Trump said Monday that the United States' space program had been bogged down by politics and rising costs. The policy calls for providing a safe and secure environment in orbit, as satellite traffic increases. It also sets up new guidelines for satellite design and operation, to avoid collisions and spacecraft breakups. Trump also declared that "there's no place like space."