US President Donald Trump sees the next battlefield to go beyond the bounds of earth and into space as he signed an historic defense authorization act that will create a military service called the US Space Force.
“Going to be a lot of things happening in space. Because space is the world’s newest warfighting domain,” said Trump in the signing ceremony at an Air Force base in the US on Friday.
“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.”
The US Defense Department said on Friday 16,000 members of the US Air Force will be moved to the new military space force.
“We want to build this service to be lean and agile, we’re going to rely very heavily support functions from the Air Force,” said John Raymond, the commander of US Space Command and Air Force Space Command.
The US government stated the new service would be focused on technology rather than manpower.
“The Space Force won’t be measured by the number of people unlike for instance the Marine Corps, which is really a labor-intensive service,” said Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett to reporters. “Space Force is much more measured by the technology and the capabilities.”
The US Defense Department requested a budget of $72.4 million but lawmaker only permitted $40 million in funds.
“We will phase development according to what the budget provides. Yes, it was less than requested, but we will quite ably work with the amount that was appropriated,” Barrett said.
The US Defense Department stressed the historic signing on Friday that will change to very nature of warfare.
“The establishment of the US Space Force is an historic event and a strategic imperative for our nation,” said Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. “Space has become so important to our way of life, our economy and our national security that we must be prepared as a nation to protect it from hostile actions.”