‘The World’s Newest War-Fighting Domain’, Space Force was launched by US President Donald Trump, making it the first new military service coming under the wing of the US Air Force in over 70 years. This new branch will be setup over the next 18 months, officials said.
“It was nearly half a century from Kitty Hawk to the creation of the Air Force. And now it’s 50 years after Apollo 11 that we create the Space Force,” Trump said during signing ceremonies at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
“It’s a big moment. That’s a big moment, and we’re all here for it,” he added. “Space … going to be a lot of things happening in space. Because space is the world’s newest war-fighting 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. The Space Force will help us deter aggression and control the ultimate high ground”, he added.
President Trump confirmed a $738bn (£567bn) annual US military budget, 40 mn of which will go into funding Space Force for the first year.
The purpose of the Space Force is not to deploy war machines into space, but is to protect all of US’ assets such as satellites for communication and surveillance. Arguably, this decision has been made as a response to China and Russia’s move forward in the same direction.
“The space environment has fundamentally changed in the last generation,” he said. “What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial”, said Trump.
Space Force will build on the work of the existing US Space Command (SpaceCom) and would comprise around 16,000 Air Force and civilian personnel. It will be commanded by Air Force General Jay Raymond, who currently runs SpaceCom.
Amidst impeachment proceedings, Trump doesn’t seem to be deterred whatsoever in carrying out decisions he deems fit and continues with vigour in the same direction.