U.S. President Donald Trump is pursuing new frontiers, announcing Monday that his government will create a "Space Force" as the sixth branch of the United States military on Monday.
"It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space," Trump said as he ordered the Department of Defense to establish the branch.
"We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the Space Force. Separate but equal," Trump said at a meeting of the National Space Council.
Currently, many of the military's space-related projects fall under the Air Force.
Trump proclaimed that "our destiny beyond the earth is not only a matter of national identity but a matter of national security". From what galaxy the threat is coming from is yet to be confirmed.
In his announcement Monday, Trump said his administration is intent on sending U.S. astronauts to the moon again. In December, he signed an order to this effect, also seeking a human mission to Mars.
Trump's announcement immediately gained status as Twitter's leading trend, with the hashtag #SpaceForce used to comment on the President's star-spangled announcement.
Trump also said he will sign a directive to set up a framework for "space traffic management" to deal with congestion in the Earth's orbit, arguing current regulations are "out of date."
The White House has noted that the commercialization of space is demanding new measures while "space becomes increasingly contested," in order to ensure that the U.S. Department of Defense be able to secure Washington's interests.
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