Donald Trump suggests U.S. may need to create a 'space force'

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On a day filled with White House staffing shake-ups, the president remained mostly on-script in his 25-minute remarks, commenting on the positive developments with North Korea and the potential for expanding the U.S. Space program. "Then I said, 'What a great idea, maybe we'll have to do that'".

The 1967 "Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies" (real title!), sought to prevent "a new form of colonial competition" in space, which a "Space Force" sounds like it would be.

It says the Air Force has to move toward creating a space defense unit within itself called the Space Corps.

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"The comic adventures that befall a crew of astronauts assigned to a remote military space station", IMDb notes of Space Force. There is already an Air Force Space Command with a mission "to provide resilient and affordable space and cyberspace capabilities for the Joint Force and the Nation". "Space Force. We have the Air Force; we'll have the Space Force".

Initially, Trump explained, he'd proposed the idea as a joke.

"That could happen, that could be the big breaking story", Trump said. "We will call it the 'space force'". However, that's not happening anytime soon. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard? However, the bill does leave the door open to a future space-related branch, The Hill reports, by requiring the Secretary of Defense to study the possibility of creating a space-related military branch someday. We are going to lead the way in space. But it seems like Trump is trying to resurrect an idea that his administration originally didn't want.

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