Security expert: Trump's space force logos send 'wrong message'

Defense expert Todd Harrison is concerned that the branding push for President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE’s proposed Space Force is sending the wrong message that the new military branch is more associated with the Trump campaign than with the U.S. government.

“I am concerned that the president is championing this and the way that he is doing it is number one going to turn it into Trump’s Space Force, and it should never be that,” Harrison told Hill.TV co-host Krystal Ball in an interview that aired on Friday.

“We don’t call it Truman’s Air Force,” he added. Then-President Harry Truman signed the the National Security Act of 1947, which officially established the Air Force.

Harrison, who is the director of the Aerospace Security Project at Center for Strategic and International Studies, emphasized that the Space Force is “not about Trump,” even though "he seems to have indicated that it was his idea.”

The Trump campaign sent out an email last week to fundraise off the Space Force announcement by asking supporters to pick a logo, a push that was widely mocked on social media.

“Things like the logos they send out really sends out the wrong message to people in the U.S. and abroad because those logos, if you look at them carefully, many of them are adaptations of NASA logos,” Harrison said.

He emphasized the importance of maintaining the divide that the military has traditionally kept between our civil space programs and our military space programs.

“The Space Force would only affect military space — it would not affect NASA in any way, there are no astronauts involved or anything like that — we’re not going to be taking territory,” Harrison told Hill.TV.

Still, Harrison maintains that the idea for a Space Force isn't as crazy as it may sound, saying it would simply be a reorganization of fragmented "space forces" across the military, and will help services a variety of military purposes, such as spy satellites that would “help protect our national security here on Earth.”

— Tess Bonn