Trump, speaking at a San Diego Marine Corps base Tuesday, said that space is a "war-fighting domain". "So glad Donald trump came up with the brilliant idea of having a space force to guard the galaxy, what a brilliant and mature sounding president we have, definitely not something a 12 year old would come up with #SpaceForce", read another tweet. Trump also made extensive comments about space and the possibility that the United States will need a "space force" to fight enemies that threaten US access to space.
Some binding worldwide agreements, such as the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, to which the USA is party, prohibit the militarization of space as well as using Earth's orbit to install military objects and weapons systems.
"We may even have a 'Space Force.' Develop another one".
China's national space efforts have also included the establishment of a national defense space force, called the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Strategic Support Force (SSF). We're making a Space Force. "And I was not really serious, but I said, 'What a great idea.' Maybe we'll have to do that".
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is also opposed to the idea, and has said, "I believe it is premature to add additional organization and administrative tail to the department at a time I am trying to reduce overhead". "Maybe we'll have to do that.' That could happen".
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Lawmakers in recent weeks have questioned the Air Force's numbers after Marine Corps officials testified that Marines have been flying between 14 to 16 hours a month, with the Air Force flying only nine or 10 hours by comparison. He expects the military to enable the U.S.to continue "to lead its way into the stars". "You wouldn't be going to Mars if my opponent won, you wouldn't be thinking about it". "We're gonna lead the way in space".
Apparently, Trump has recently begun toying with the idea.
According to CNBC's Christina Wilkie, who first reported on the news, Trump's Space Force comments were off-script, and the White House didn't respond to a request for comment.
One Fox News article included "unauthorized" information about maintenance challenges involving bomber training sorties in South Korea, including details that Pentagon officials later deemed to be damaging to USA military's ability to reassure its regional allies.