"American superiority in space is absolutely vital," said President Trump.
It is not the "Star Wars" – at least for now – all operations are carried out remotely with rockets and satellites, but President Donald Trump officially launched the financing of a Pentagon force that will focus on space war: the United States Space Force.
The new military service, the first to be created in more than 70 years, will be under the control of the US Air Force.RELATED
Trump described the space as the "newest domain in the world to fight war," during a ceremony at a military base near Washington,
"In the midst of serious threats to our national security, American superiority in space is absolutely vital," he said.
"We are leading, but we are not leading enough, but soon we will be leading for a long time," he said.
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"The Space Force will help us deter aggression and control the position of highest advantage," he added.
Funds destined for the new force were confirmed on Friday, when the president signed the annual US military budget. of US $ 738,000 million.
The launch of the Space Force will be initially funded by US $ 40,000 million in its first year.
What will the Space Force do?
The intention is not to put troops into orbit, but it will protect US facilities. in space, like hundreds of satellites used for communication and surveillance.
The new Space Force aims to protect the facilities that the US It is in orbit around the Earth.
It is a measure that happens in the midst of what the US high command. they see how the advances that China and Russia are making in the last military frontier.
Previously, the vice president, Mike Pence, had said that those two nations had air lasers and anti-satellite missiles that the United States. I had to counter.
"The space environment has fundamentally changed in the last generation," Pence said. "What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and antagonistic."
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The Space Force will be based on the work of the existing US Space Command. (SpaceCom), which was created in August to handle US military operations. in the space.
The secretary of the Air Force, Barbara Barrett, said that the Space Force would comprise a military and civilian personnel of about 16,000.
He will be under the command of Air Force General Jay Raymond, who currently runs Space.Com.
Earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that the US expansion in space represented a threat to Russian interests and required a response from Russia.
"The US political-military leadership openly considers space as a military scenario and plans to conduct operations there," Putin warned.
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