Trump pushes for new 'space force'

Donald Trump speaks with marines

"It's like the Army and the Navy, but for space, because we're spending a lot of money on space".

Actually, despite Trump's claim of having originating it, the idea of a new branch of the military to be dubbed the "Space Corps" (under the umbrella of the Air Force) was embraced by the House Armed Services Committee in its version of the last defense authorization bill.

Republican congressman Mike Rogers, who proposed the idea, argued that the Air Force was prioritising its fighter jets over space, and a dedicated service was needed to stay ahead of China and Russian Federation in what was described as the next frontier of warfare.

Addressing a military audience at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, in San Diego, Trump boasted about his national security strategy, plans to modernize the USA nuclear arsenal, develop hypersonic weapons, and his proposed increases to military budgets.

The president has made various changes to USA space policy during his first year in office.

"We'll be sending something handsome to Mars in the near future and we're going to areas that nobody thought possible at least this quickly", he explained.

"Space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea", Trump said. "We may even have a Space Force, we'll develop another one. we have the Air Force, we'll have the Space Force".

"At a time when we are trying to integrate the department's joint warfighting functions, I do not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congressman Michael Turner in a letter last July. "And then I said 'What a great idea".

Trump said that the United States would soon travel to Mars and beyond, thanks to new government and private investment in space technology. Maybe we'll have to do that'. "That could happen. That could be the big breaking story'".

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