Trump Administration Advances Controversial Space Force Plans

Warning of increasing adversarial threats to the nation’s satellites and other space capabilities, U.S. vice president Mike Pence reiterated on Tuesday that the Trump administration hopes to establish a Space Force as a sixth branch of the nation’s military by 2020. In addition, the National Space Council, which Pence chairs, on Tuesday approved a series of recommendations that provide a road map for establishing such a Space Force.

The Mexico City Policy: An Explainer

On January 23, President Donald Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy via presidential memorandum. An implementation plan was announced on May 15. This explainer provides an overview of the policy, including its history, changes over time, and current application.