Why Did Pres Kennedy Start NASA?

President Kennedy did not start NASA. President Eisenhower signed the NASA act in July 1958. The United States of America was caught in a space race with the Soviets not long after the end of WWII. The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics or NACA was in charge of aeronautical research. Anything space related was gouverned by the Army and the Air Force,creating tension among the two agencies. For this reason President Eisenhower wanted a civil space program.