President Trump referred to a Space Force that would be "separate but equal" to the Air Force, which might indicate a more independent service. We've seen repeatedly where the Air Force has reached into space program funds to put them against fighter jets, bombers, tankers. "That's a big statement", the president continued.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford, of course, can not carry that assignment out.
According to sources, Trump's remarks were not off-the-cuff.
The announcement was made at a meeting of the National Space Council, at which Trump signed a new space policy directive aimed at reducing debris in Earth's orbit.
Some are anxious that the Space Force would duplicate existing efforts.
So what comes next?
Trump also offered some thoughts on United Launch Alliance, the rocket company jointly owned by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
"There aren't many things I'm ok with having my tax dollars spent on. but a team of space soldiers in neon colored American flag leotards with jetpacks and laser rifles is one of them".
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The Air Force now oversees numerous military's space activities, such as the experimental X-37B spacecraft. While the real-life Space Force idea is gaining momentum, it's going to be hard to touch the hard work of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Lucasfilm. Where's General Dunford? General?
'My administration is reclaiming America's heritage as the world's greatest spacefaring nation, ' Trump said in the East Room, joined by members of his space council.
While Trump did not mention weapons, the planned space force would be a branch of the military, but the United States is a signatory to the Outer Space Treaty, which bars the stationing of weapons of mass destruction in space and only allows for the use of the moon and other celestial objects for peaceful purposes.
Details about the role and timing of any new space force were not immediately clear. "It is going to be something; so important". "We're going to be the leader by far".
At the end of 2017, the Space Corps provision was taken out of the House version of the NDAA where it originated. The House nearly certainly will be enthused by the presidential push for a Space Force.
"Last year the House passed a bill that would have created a space corps", says Todd Harrison, Director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
However, because the treaty does not specify conventional weapons, countries such as the U.S., China and Russian Federation are looking into ways to expand defenses to space - such as anti-satellite missiles, etc. "Organizational changes don't fix all the problems".
We've already got soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coasties.
A tweet by Sen. "An Air Force and a Space Force". "Thankfully the president can't do without Congress because now is NOT the time to rip the Air Force apart".