President Donald Trump reaffirmed his commitment to the notion of an American "Space Force" on Monday, while addressing a meeting of the National Space Council (NSC). The proposed force would be "separate but equal" to other Armed Forces branches like the Navy, Air Force, and Army, Trump said.
"When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely to have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space," Trump told the NSC audience. "Very importantly, I am 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. That's a big statement."