Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

President Trump Wants To Create A 'Space Force' To Fight Space Wars

President Trump Wants To Create A 'Space Force' To Fight Space Wars

The idea was initially floated a year ago when the House Armed Service Committee, led by Republican Chairman Mike Rogers and Ranking Member Democrat Jim Cooper, proposed a new branch of the military called the US Space Corps. "Just like the land, air and sea".

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. We have the air force, we'll have the space force, we'll have the army, the navy. "And then I said 'What a great idea. You wouldn't even be thinking about it", Trump said. "Maybe we'll have to do that.' That could happen".

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.

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.

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. The hope is that private funding will step into the chasm created by the cut in government finding.

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

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