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Trump wants 'SPACE FORCE' to fight high tech wars in solar system

Trump wants 'SPACE FORCE' to fight high tech wars in solar system

But don't expect Captain Kirk ordering phasers set on stun, Battlestar Galactica or ray guns blazing in orbit in the near future, space experts said.

Actually, despite Trump's claim of having originating it, the idea of a new branch of the military to be dubbed the "Space Corps" (under the umbrella of the Air Force) was embraced by the House Armed Services Committee in its version of the last defense authorization bill.

From Star Wars and Star Trek to Spaceballs and Starship Troopers, sci-fi fans called on their favorite characters to help form and lead the "Space Force" - not to mention that there even was a hokey TV movie in 1978 titled Space Force.

Mr Trump, who earlier fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said he'd originally coined the term "Space Force" as a joke while discussing USA government spending, and private investment, in space.

Trump announced his idea to Marine Corps service members Tuesday. You can emphasize more help for the military in space without going to the massive organizational change and expense, he said.

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While Trump was nearly jokingly floating the idea, there has always been a military aspect to the space race.

Many in the military are resistant to the idea of a new space arm, with chief of US Strategic Command, Air Force General John Hyten, suggesting last November that while reform to eliminate bureaucracy is necessary to stay ahead of the Russians and Chinese, the idea of a Space Corps is wholly unnecessary. "Then I said, "what a great idea", maybe we'll have to do that", he told the servicemen.

A lack of funding for NASA in that budget request would seem contrary to the creation of the "space force".

"Space is for exploration and lifting up humanity", Newman said.