Trump Talks Traveling To Mars, Proposes New Space Force

Donald Trump fired Rex Tillerson capping months of speculation the secretary of state was on the verge of being pushed out

President Trump floated the idea adding a "space force" to the country's military in a speech Tuesday at Miramar Air Station in San Diego. We will have a space force... We have the air force, we'll have the space force. "It's like the Army and the Navy, but for space, because we're spending a lot of money on space". He dubbed this theoretical new branch the "Space Force", noting that such a new agency could become reality soon. That's about the timing I think you would need when you get the need for a Space Corps.

Trump didn't make clear what shape this "space force" might take and what adversaries it would confront.

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. "Then I said, "what a great idea", maybe we'll have to do that", he told the servicemen. "Maybe we'll have to do that.' That could happen".

Defense Secretary James Mattis even took the rare step of writing a letter supporting an amendment to remove the Space Corps from the House's version of policy bill earlier this year. Vice President Mike Pence cited America's "prosperity, security and identity" in describing the initiative past year, noting that Russian Federation was eclipsing America beyond Earth's atmosphere and cautioning that both Russian Federation and China were formulating technology that could interfere with U.S. satellites. But he may be thinking of the National Defense Authorization Act that he signed into law in December.

No wars have been fought in space to date, but if Trump's presidency has taught us anything, we know to expect the unexpected.



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