The Air Force already has a Space Command division that oversees our country's military operations in space. One example slide that was leaked on Facebook (lol) said a unit identified the National Space Defense Center at Colorado's Schriever Air Force Base as a "hub of critical data" to The Gazette, which in turn tells adversaries that it's a potential "national center of gravity".
"There is no war in space, just as there is no war in cyberspace".
(Also, the United States is part of an global treaty that prohibits countries from putting nukes into space.) What Trump seems to be referring to is the Space Corps with a new name.
"Very soon we're going to Mars", he said. We have the Air Force.
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Trump's idea might not seem as far-fetched as you might think however, as news has circulated suggesting that Russian Federation and China are already developing weapons for space that could take down satellites from enemy nations.
"I have a message for you straight from the heart of the American people, and you know what that is - we support you, we love you and we will always have your back like you have ours", Trump said, also praising military spouses and families for their service. Maybe we'll have to do that.' That could happen. We must normalize space and cyberspace as warfighting domains.
Trump's speech inspired an flood of space-inspired reactions, and of course, memes. He likened his proposed space force to other branches of the USA armed forces. He made no reference to last year's efforts by the House Armed Services Committee to establish a Space Corps. 'We have the Air Force, you'll have the Space Force. But it seems like Trump is trying to resurrect an idea that his administration originally didn't want.
"We have the greatest Air Force the world has ever seen, because their No. 1 mission when they come to work every day is air dominance" but "you can't have two No. 1 missions", the Alabama Republican said in August.
"This will make it more complex, add more boxes to the organization chart, and cost more money", Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said in June.