In a speech delivered to US Marines today in San Diego, President Donald Trump declared support for the United States developing a new space-based branch of the military, called the “Space Force.”
“My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea,” declared Trump. “We may even have a Space Force, we’ll develop another one … we have the Air Force, we’ll have the Space Force. We have the army, the navy …”
The idea was initially floated last year when the House Armed Service Committee, led by Republican Chairman Mike Rogers and Ranking Member Democrat Jim Cooper, proposed a new branch of the military called the US Space Corps. The legislation was widely criticized at the time and seen as unnecessary, with a division of the US Air Force, called Air Force Space Command, already essentially serving the function of a military arm devoted to space defenses.