Trump Directing Pentagon to Create 'Space Force'
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What's the story?
- President Donald Trump said on Monday that he is "directing" the Defense Department 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," Trump said.
What would the Space Force do?
- Also known as the “Space Corps,” this branch would be tasked with protecting America, and American assets, from threats occurring beyond Earth’s atmosphere.
- "It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space," Trump said at a meeting of the U.S. Space Council.
Trump has support in Congress
- Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AZ), the chairman of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, endorses space fighters:
"I am thrilled that the Space Corps idea is gaining traction at the White House. Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN) and I have worked tirelessly on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Strategic Forces subcommittee level on the need for a Space Corps outside of the Air Force for over two years now," Rogers said in a statement to CNN in May.
What do you think?
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