Trump was speaking Tuesday about his administration's investments in space exploration to members of the military when he said that space is becoming a "war-fighting domain". And some said a military space force may make it harder to keep Earth's orbit 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.
"So think of that, Space Force", Trump continued. "We are spending a lot and we have a lot of private money coming in, tremendous".
Omitted from Trump's list of armed forces branches were the Coast Guard and (presumably comprising a large part of the crowd at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar) the Marines.
According to Gizmodo, despite Trump taking full credit for the suggestion, military leaders past year said space is the next war frontier (as they were requesting funding). "We have the Army, the Navy". "Maybe we'll have to do that.' That could happen".
While Trump was nearly jokingly floating the idea, there has always been a military aspect to the space race. That I can tell you.
After the Soviets launched Sputnik, the Americans immediately countered with two space programs, a civilian one that became NASA, and a military one.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE told troops in California on Tuesday that the US would be going to Mars in the very near future. "We'll call it the space force.' Not really serious", he said, reportedly to mixed laughter.
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