President Trump on Tuesday said he wants America’s military to boldly go where no military has gone before — space, the final frontier.
The commander-in-chief shared his plan at a White House ceremony where he presented the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy to the West Point Black Knights football team for beating Navy in their annual face-off. (Video below)
“You will be part of the five proud branches of the United States armed forces: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and the Coast Guard,” Trump said.
“And we’re actually thinking of a sixth, and that would be the Space Force. Does that make sense? Because we’re getting very big in space, both militarily and for other reasons. And we are seriously thinking of the Space Force.”
In March, at a similar military event at Miramar Air Station in California, Trump said his new national security strategy “recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain just like the land, air and sea,” adding that “we may even have a space force” one day.
“My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea,” the president said.
“We have the Air Force. We’ll have the Space Force.”
The idea drew widespread confusion among defense officials, considering that a year earlier Pentagon planners argued strongly against a plan from House lawmakers to break the Air Force’s space programs into a separate, stand-alone force to cut down on bureaucracy.
At the time, they argued that a separate space-focused military branch would add unneeded bureaucracy to an already complex military command structure. Senate lawmakers ultimately forced the idea to be tabled.
All of this comes at a time, when the U.S. Air Force’s top general warned that China & Russia were quickly militarizing space, and that it was a matter of when, not if, war broke out in space.
The US signed the Outer Space Treaty banning space warfare in 1969, but it’s unclear what if anything could stop the president if he decided to put his plan into action.
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May 1st, 2018