Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

We should have a new force called the Space Force

We should have a new force called the Space Force

President Donald Trump says there may someday be a "space force" fighting alongside the Air Force, Army and other branches of the military.

But that didn't stop President Trump for advocating for a "Space Force" today. "We may even have a Space Force, develop another one, Space Force".

"So think of that, Space Force", Trump continued. "We are spending a lot and we have a lot of private money coming in, tremendous".

But the idea of a new military branch centered on the cosmos is in fact far from a Trump original.

"We should have a new force called the Space Force", Trump said Tuesday. "We'll call it the space force.' Not really serious", he said, reportedly to mixed laughter.

After Trump renewed the "space force" proposal, Twitter completely roasted him.

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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.

Republican congressman Mike Rogers, who proposed the idea, argued that the Air Force was prioritising its fighter jets over space, and a dedicated service was needed to stay ahead of China and Russian Federation in what was described as the next frontier of warfare.

The President's remarks come after a Republican plan to create a "Space Corps" as part of the Air Force was dropped from the National Defence Authorisation Act in November.

Since taking office, Trump has frequently touted his support for the U.S. military and placed high-ranking generals in top White House and cabinet posts.

No wars have been fought in space to date, but if Trump's presidency has taught us anything, we know to expect the unexpected. It's unclear if Trump's Space Force would be any similar to what the Space Crops was meant to be.

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