Trump boasts space force idea, Pentagon says not so fast

Matt Saintsing
March 14, 2018 - 11:51 am

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Is the military ready for a new “space force?” One key person seems to think so: President Donald Trump.

While speaking to troops at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station Tuesday, Trump said that new element would be able to expand the work other military branches are doing in space-related defense issues.  

“My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea," said Trump.

“We may even have a space force…We have the Air Force, we’ll have the space force, we’ll have the army, the navy.”

“That could happen,” he added.

Trump has frequently voiced his support for the U.S. military, since taking office last January, and has even gone so far as to appoint retired four-star generals in cabinet posts and top White House positions.

Last year, as part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, federal lawmakers approved a measure in Congress that would have established a new U.S. Space Corps, as part of the Air Force. The initiative faced strong opposition from Trump’s White House and the Pentagon.  

Top military officials resisted, citing the Pentagon doesn’t need to create another force to its already ballooning bureaucracy.

“At a time when we are trying to integrate the department’s joint warfighting functions, I do not wish to add a separate service that would likely present a narrower and even parochial approach to space operations,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly wrote to Rep. Michael Turner (R-Oh.) in a letter sent last July.

Mattis added that he was trying to reduce overhead, not create a new corps.  

A white House official told CNN in July that a new space corps was “premature at this time.”