But the proposal has languished in Congress, most recently when the House last month rejected a plan that would have carved out space-related combat functions from the Air Force.
This process was accelerated during the Cold War, following the rapid expansion of the Soviet Union's own satellite and space programs.
In a letter to lawmakers a year ago, Defense Secretary James Mattis "strongly" urged Congress to reconsider a proposal to establish a separate "Space Corps", saying it was "premature" to set up a new organization "at a time I am trying to reduce overhead".
Trump on Monday had said at a speech in the White House that "America will always be the first in space" and he won't like being led by Russian Federation and China along with countries.
You may recall that about this time previous year, the House of Representatives put together a budget that included funding for a brand new military branch dubbed the Space Force.
"A military buildup in space, in particular, after the deployment of weapons there, would have destabilizing effects on strategic stability and worldwide security.
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Space doesn't dominate one small geographic area - it dominates continents, oceans", said Francona. The U.S. National Security Strategy for 2017 named both Russian Federation and China as the primary threats to the U.S. Even those two countries, if they would obtain relevant space capabilities, would be extremely unsafe, as a war in space would nearly inevitably lead to the destruction of satellites and the creation of debris that would remain in orbit for decades. "But our destiny, beyond the Earth, is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security". "We do not want this to be "Lucy and the football" again".
A 2015 report prepared by the US Department of Defense suggested China was developing co-orbital anti-satellite systems to target US space assets.
We often forget how dependent we are on the use of space.
According to Francona, there are only three powers capable of operating a space-based military presence: Russia, China and the US.
"Both countries have advanced directed energy capabilities that could be used to track or blind satellites, disrupting key operations, and both have demonstrated the ability to perform complex maneuvers in space". It would not include intelligence satellites or the National Reconnaissance Office, the government agency in charge of designing building, launching and maintaining intelligence satellites.
"The biggest opponent for creating any kind of space force has been the Air Force", said Todd Harrison, director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. As the Pentagon noted in its response, this foray into the final frontier is going to take a long, long time to set up.