Donald Trump proposes 'Space Force' to battle in the stars

Erika Holt
March 14, 2018

But the idea of a new military branch centered on the cosmos is in fact far from a Trump original. In June, the House Armed Services Committee drafted legislation in the National Defense Authorization Act that would create a "Space Corps" within the US Air Force. "I think he likes what you do better than what he does, but he's doing a great job".

He said some people may argue that a space force would "compromise the sanctity of considering space to be off limits from warfare".

"Space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea", he said.

From Star Wars and Star Trek to Spaceballs and Starship Troopers, sci-fi fans called on their favorite characters to help form and lead the "Space Force" - not to mention that there even was a hokey TV movie in 1978 titled Space Force. "It's like the Army and the Navy, but for space, because we're spending a lot of money on space".

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It was unclear whether The Donald was joking about the idea of "Space Force". We'll call it the space force.' Not really serious. "That could happen", he said.

McCurdy, O'Keefe and others said any space force would probably consist of cadets on the ground operating robotic systems in space. But he is right that the Air Force's operations are reliant on space.

The "Space Force" is already a runaway meme on twitter, though, and it likely inspires ideas of weaponizing Earth orbit with military-style astronauts akin to Starship Troopers.

Trump also says that "very soon we're going to Mars", and that that wouldn't be happening if his 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, had won. He said China and Russian Federation have become "near peers" to the USA in space capabilities, and the United States is not pushing hard enough to stay ahead.

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