During a press conference Monday, Donald Trump announced that, as he hinted previously, he's ordering the Pentagon to "immediately" establish a "space force" as an independent service branch. That's right: Today might be the day that future generations look back on as the anniversary of the creation of the legendary US Space Force, guardians of intergalactic order.
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Trump said "we must have American dominance in space. Very importantly, I am hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the Sixth Branch of the Armed Forces."
Pres. Trump calls for establishment of a "space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces."— ABC News (@ABC) June 18, 2018
"When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space." https://t.co/NkJuIoyFEp pic.twitter.com/1b4w6NGDTC
The force will allow the US to become "the leader by far" in space as it looks to revive the space program, which once fascinated a generation of Americans. Trump also vowed to return the US to the moon, and to reach Mars roughly around the time Elon Musk is applying for a non-extradition permits.