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When President Trump announced plans for a Space Force, it triggered a legal debate on the justification for such a force. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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Jeff Bingham, former senior advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, 
 James Uthmeier, counsel and special advisor to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and Eric Stallmer, Commercial Spaceflight Federation president, discussed U.S. civil space policy at the ISS Research and Development conference. Credit: Debra Werner/SpaceNews
President Donald Trump, speaks before signing the Presidential Space Directive - 1, directing NASA to return to the moon, in the Roosevelt room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.  (Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)
“The threat has outpaced our creation of policy and strategy appropriate to the need,” retired Navy Adm. James Ellis Jr., who led U.S. Strategic Command when it merged with the U.S. Air Force Space Command. told the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee. “We are playing catch-up in a very real sense, but it is not just about hardware and technology. A lot of it is about policies.” Credit: HASC video
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Vice President Mike Pence delivers keynote at 34th Space Symposium. Credit: Tom Kimmell for SpaceNews.
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Vice President Mike Pence is seen during the National Space Council's first meeting, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

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