President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he has ordered a new branch of the military to join the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. This new branch will be called the “Space Force.”
“It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have an American dominance in space,” said President Trump. “Very importantly I’m 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.”
“We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal, it is going to be something,” he continued.
“You are very important people. You have a great, great contribution. What you’re doing has been incredible, but it will be even more incredible. Far more incredible,” Trump said, speaking to his military leaders. “We are giving you a platform the likes of which nobody has ever given before.”
“I am a big believer you will go out there and take that frontier, which is largely unknown, by man or woman, and you will learn everything there is to know about it, and what you’re doing is so important,” he added. “Remember, economically, militarily, scientifically, in every way, there's no place like space.”
“Good luck, Gen. Dunford and the Joint Chiefs. I want to wish you a lot of luck with Space Force. But that shows how important it is. Congratulations ton your tremendous success, but you’re going to have far more success right now,” he concluded.