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President Trump in California, "We are going to lead in Space again"

President Trump in California,

"We may even have a space force, develop another one-space force".

"Then I said, 'What a great idea!' Maybe we'll have to do that, '" Trump said.

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

He said some people may argue that a space force would "compromise the sanctity of considering space to be off limits from warfare". The legislation was widely criticized at the time and seen as unnecessary, with a division of the US Air Force, called Air Force Space Command, already essentially serving the function of a military arm devoted to space defenses.

"So think of that, Space Force, because we are spending a lot and we have a lot of private money coming in, tremendous", the President said. Maybe we'll have to do that'.

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Initially, Trump explained, he'd proposed the idea as a joke. "That could happen", he said.

Trump's space policy will replace former President Obama's, which did not include a goal to return to the Moon.

Move over, Air Force. The military also operates spacecraft that can give early warnings about missile launches on the ground. "We have the Army, the Navy". 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. "In space, the United States are finally going to lead again", Trump said.

The Space Corps language was removed from the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act past year. It's unclear if Trump's Space Force would be any similar to what the Space Crops was meant to be.


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