“I am hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.”
US President Donald Trump has announced the creation of a sixth branch of the US Military.
In remarks on Monday, Trump said “I am hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. Our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity but a matter of national security.”
As noted by CNBC, the creation of a Space Force would be the first new branch of the US Military in 71 years.
Trump has said, “space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea.”
The move to create a Space Force comes as China has been increasing their investment in militarizing space, including the ability to take out the satellites that are so essential to coordinating military operations and managing communication around the globe.
Space is the next frontier in military combat, and it was only a matter of time before the world’s top military powers started focusing more military effort in that area.
Trump’s comments on the Space Force can be seen below:
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