While on visit at a military base in California, President Donald Trump suggested a possible space force within the ranks of the U.S. Army.
U.S. President Donald Trump said yesterday that he would love to command a “space army” along with the United States ground, naval and air forces. ” My security strategy recognizes space as a battlefield, just like earth, sky and sea. I will speak about this another day because we’re going to do extraordinary things in space” Donald Trump said at the Miramar air force base, nearby San Diego in southern California.
Actually, the idea of a space army is not something new. The House of Representatives voted in July of last year a piece of legislation that is about establishing a “space force”, in addition to the air force.
This idea however is not endorsed by the secretary of defense, Jim Mattis, who wants to centralize maneuver and combat commands. The U.S. Army includes three big branches: ground forces, naval forces and air force, and two smaller branches: Marines and Coast Guard. Space operations right now are currently assigned to the U.S. Air Force.