Trump envisions space force someday in military

Trump envisions space force someday in military

Mr Trump, who earlier fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said he'd originally coined the term "Space Force" as a joke while discussing U.S. government spending, and private investment, in space.

In no time, social media was mocking the president's comment and, of course, began spewing out memes.

"We may even ... develop another one, Space Force".

Many in the military are resistant to the idea of a new space arm, with chief of US Strategic Command, Air Force General John Hyten, suggesting last November that while reform to eliminate bureaucracy is necessary to stay ahead of the Russians and Chinese, the idea of a Space Corps is wholly unnecessary.

Trump will be in Los Angeles later in the evening for a private fundraiser near, but not in, Beverly Hills.

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"Space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea".

Trump addressed Marines and other service members at an air base in San Diego after visiting his border wall prototypes.

Ever since the Space Age started with the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik, there has been a military and national security aspect to space, even though there are treaties and a United Nations committee that explicitly talk about keeping space a place of peace.

After the Soviets launched Sputnik, the Americans immediately countered with two space programs, a civilian one that became NASA, and a military one. "And I was not really serious, and they said, "What a great idea, maybe we'll have to do that".

Republican Representative Mike Rogers told a February 28 conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies that a separate space corps could be carved out from the air force within "three to five years".

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