Trump floats the idea of a USA military "Space Force"

Donald Trump Spitballed A New Military Force To Defend The Galaxy. A 'Space Force'

The Navy. ... I was saying it the other day because we are doing a tremendous amount of work in space and I said maybe we need a new Force. To uh, fight space wars.

"As the president said yesterday, the new National Defense Strategy for space recognizes that space is a warfighting domain", Wilson said, dodging specifics on why there's opposition to the plan.

Late a year ago, Trump directed NASA's acting administrator, Robert M. Lightfoot Jr., to "lead an innovative space exploration program to send American astronauts back to the moon, and eventually Mars" during a White House signing ceremony in December.

Today during a speech to military members in San Diego, President Trump proposed the idea of creating an entirely new branch of the United States military specifically geared toward war efforts in space.

Rogers chairs the House Armed Services Committees subcommittee on strategic forces, and he criticized the Air Force in February for not taking the space threat more seriously.

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"It's probably time as a country that we start to talk about this", said Heather Wilson, the secretary of the Air Force, adding that in case of an attack on a USA satellite, the military needs a policy in place that "would consider that to be a hostile act".

Trump's idea might not seem as far-fetched as you might think however, as news has circulated suggesting that Russian Federation and China are already developing weapons for space that could take down satellites from enemy nations.

President Donald Trump said he wants to create an army capable of fighting wars in space in what began as a joke but he later said was "a great idea". Maybe we'll have to do that'.

'That could happen - that could be the big breaking story, look at all those people back there, ' he said, getting a roar out of the crowd with his shot at the media. "We should learn from our mistakes on Earth and keep space peaceful".

Last year, after the House Armed Services Committee unveiled its proposal for a Space Corps, both Wilson and Goldfein came out in strong opposition.

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I've talked with countless military public affairs professionals in my time as a reporter, and just about every time you call them up, they give you something in between jack and shit in response to your questions.

Now over a year in office, U.S. president Donald Trump appeared to indicate that his plans to bolster the country's military were no longer going to be limited to just the Earth, but also outer space.

US President Donald Trump just delivered a speech to the US Marines in San Diego.

WIth that, Trump inserted himself into a bitter policy debate between Congress and the Air Force - and squarely on the side of the lawmakers. He added that the more he thought about the idea, the better it seemed to him.

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