Donald Trump just proposed a new “space force” to engage in space warfare during a Tuesday address to U.S. Marines at Miramar Air Station in San Diego, California.
“We are finally going to lead again,” Trump said. “You see what’s happening. You see the rockets going up left and right. You haven’t seen that in a long time. Very soon we’re going to Mars. You wouldn’t have been going to Mars if my opponent won. That I can tell you. You wouldn’t even be thinking about it. You wouldn’t be thinking about it,” he added.
“My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea. We may even have a space force, develop another one–space force.”
“We have the air force. We will have a space force. We have the Army, Navy. I was saying the other day because we are doing a tremendous amount of work in space. I said maybe we need a new force. We’ll call it the space force, and I was not really serious and that I thought what a great idea, maybe we’ll have to do that. That could happen. That could be the big breaking story,” he said.
It was not immediately clear what shape this so-called space force might take and what adversaries it might confront.
But Trump touted the military addition as the next “big breaking story.”
“Look at all those people back there. Look at that. Oh, that fake news,” Trump said, gesticulating at reporters covering the event. “They know, they understand. Think of that. Space force!”
A few moments later, he returned to the idea. “So, think of that, Space Force, because we’re spending a lot, and we have a lot of private money coming in.”
In December, Trump signed a policy directive establishing a goal of returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972, with longer-term goals of sending humans to Mars.
SPACE FORCE! President Trump Suggests Putting Soldiers In Space pic.twitter.com/U0uzvK8OOk
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