U.S. President Donald Trump believes space is a theater of war and that it is required that the country plans for it through a strategy that involves creation of a ‘Space Force’.
Addressing service members at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Trump said that his new national security strategy recognizes the need for prepping for space conflicts and that a branch of military ‘Space Force’ that caters to that is required.
Trump said that originally he had used the term ‘Space Force’ as a joke while he was discussing U.S. government spending and private investment in space. But he believes that eventually they will have to do that because there’s lot of money being spent on space.
“So think of that, Space Force,” Trump continued, “because we are spending a lot and we have a lot of private money coming in, tremendous. You saw what happened the other day, and tremendous success. From the very beginning, many of our astronauts have been soldiers and air men, coast guard men and marines. And our service members will be vital to ensuring America continues to lead the way into the stars.”
There is not clarity on whether Trump was still joking by the time he finished his off script remarks about a Space Force and considering that White House hasn’t responded to request for comment from any of the major media houses.
One thing has to be noted though that Trump isn’t the first one to put forward an idea of a Space Force as back in June of 2017, a contingent of House lawmakers proposed dividing the Air Force into two separate branches, one dedicated to aviation and a second, new branch dedicated to space ventures.
Language to create a new military branch called the Space Corps did not make it into the final national defense authorization bill in November, but there were several new directives included in the legislation that could facilitate the Space Corps plan in the future.
Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., the biggest backer in Congress of a military space branch, said these directives represent progress. “This is just the first step,” he said in a statement at the time. “We will not allow the United States national security space enterprise to continue to drift toward a space Pearl Harbor.”