Published On: Fri, Aug 30th, 2019

Trump news: US President cements ‘dominance’ in space over Russia and China | World | News

In a statement made to reporters in the White House Rose Garden, the President said he has launched a new warfare programme to ensure the US is free to pursue advancements. He said that a new Pentagon command focused on warfare in space is being launched to safeguard the military in the final frontier.

The command will focus its efforts on defending US interests in space, such as protecting the hundreds of satellites used for communication and surveillance.

Mr Trump said: “SpaceCom will ensure that America’s dominance in space is never threatened.

“This is a landmark day, one that recognises the centrality of space to America’s security and defence.”

Although there is already an Air Force focused on space warfare, the new command is to be developed in anticipation of space showdowns, similar to those seen in sci-fi films.

Air Force General John Raymond, who will lead the new command, said US adversaries are seeking to develop their military capabilities in space, and thus US preparation was only the next natural step.

He said: “I’m convinced that space is a war-fighting domain. I’m convinced that our way of life and our way of war depend on space capabilities.”

Trump said of space being the next “war-fighting domain”, that is was “pretty obvious to everybody”, words that suggest the President is not shy of inter-galactic battle.

The announcement of SpaceCom effectively creates a new, sixth branch of the US’s armed forces.

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