Trump envisions space force someday in military

President Donald Trump speaks at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego Tuesday

President Donald Trump speaks at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego Tuesday

President Trump wants the U.S. to have its own "Space Force" - which would be like the Army and the Navy, "but for space", he says.

"Space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea", Trump explained while speaking to a crowd of Marines. "We may even have a Space Force, we'll develop another one. we have the Air Force, we'll have the Space Force". We have the Army, the Navy.

Trump told troops at the Miramar Marine Corps Air Station near San Diego that the new group would be able to encapsulate the "tremendous amount" of work the military and government are doing in space-related defense.

He added: "We have the Air Force, we'll have the Space Force".

Move over, Air Force.

Many in the military are resistant to the idea of a new space arm, with chief of US Strategic Command, Air Force General John Hyten, suggesting last November that while reform to eliminate bureaucracy is necessary to stay ahead of the Russians and Chinese, the idea of a Space Corps is wholly unnecessary.

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.

Despite Trump's declared support of the idea, it is unclear how much he knows of the progress already made towards his stated goals. "We'll call it the space force.' I was not really serious but then I said, 'What a great idea maybe we'll have to do that'".

"From the very beginning, many of our astronauts have been soldiers and airmen, coast guard men and marines".

"That's unacceptable that we have allowed that to happen, particularly in a day and age when it is essential to have those space capabilities to fight and win wars", he said.

After Trump renewed the "space force" proposal, Twitter completely roasted him. Maybe we'll have to do that'.

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