Trump space force — a real need but hazy planning

Trump wants a new military service to assure “American dominance in space.” (AFP)
Updated 22 October 2018
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Trump space force — a real need but hazy planning

  • The Pentagon is expected to have enough details by early next year to include a Space Force plan in its 2020 budget request

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has demanded that Pentagon create a new military service, a Space Force to assure “American dominance in space.” And with that demand, Trump has injected urgency into the debate over the best way to protect US interests in space, both military and commercial.
But his approach has left many struggling to understand basics such as what a Space Force would do and how much it might cost.
The Pentagon is expected to have enough details by early next year to include a Space Force plan in its 2020 budget request.
The idea has taken on a life of its own at Trump’s rallies. That’s partly due to his conflating of the nation’s civilian space program with the military’s separate role of providing space-based navigation and communications satellites.


Six dead as car plows into crowd in China; police kill driver

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Six dead as car plows into crowd in China; police kill driver

BEIJING: A car rammed into a crowd in central China Friday, killing six people and injuring seven others, and the driver was fatally shot by police, state broadcaster CCTV reported.
The injured were taken to hospital following the early morning incident in Zaoyang City in Hubei Province, CCTV said.
China has suffered a spate of similar incidents in recent months.
Last September, 11 people died and dozens were injured when a car struck a crowd in a public square in the central Hunan province city of Hengdong.
Police detained the driver, a man in his 40s, and described him as a “vengeful repeat offender” who had daggers in his car and intended to “cause serious damage.”
In late November, a car plowed into a group of children crossing a street in front of an elementary school in the northeastern Liaoning province, killing five people and injuring at least 19.
The driver said he “chose his victims at random” and had reportedly been contemplating suicide due to domestic troubles before the tragedy occurred.