Space Force Ensure U.S. Control of the 'High Ground,' Says Trump

President Trump and officials praise the newly forming Space Force.

Rick Docksai | Jan 10, 2020

President Trump praised the newly forming Space Force as a means to "deter aggression and control the ultimate high ground" in a speech Friday at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Trump made these remarks while signing the National Defense Authorization Act 2020, whose funding provisions include funds to start the new space-based military division within the U.S. Air Force.

Space Force is to be the sixth branch of the U.S. military. It will focus on protecting U.S. military satellites and other U.S. assets in space from enemy attacks, and it comes amid increasing space activity by Russia and China.

"Because space is the world's newest warfighting domain. Amid grave threats to our national security, American superiority in space is absolutely vital. And we're leading, but we're not leading by enough. But very shortly, we'll be leading by a lot," Trump added.

Trump went on to say in his speech that the U.S. military as a whole was "very depleted" and suffering "devastating budget cuts" before he came into office, and he described this latest funding measure as a "watershed event." The U.S. military budget has actually been increasing continuously since the last two years of the Obama administration, in which it rose from $736 billion in 2015 and $767 billion in 2016 to an estimated $956 billion this year.

Officials said that Space Force is necessary since adversary nations have "turned space into a warfighting domain" and troops need to be prepared to counter future threats from space. Currently, the Air Force operates multiple space satellites within its existing U.S. Space Command division, and other military branches have their own space-satellite programs.

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