By The Blaze. President Donald Trump announced the establishment of the U.S. Space Command from the Rose Garden of the White House Thursday.
The president congratulated General Jay Raymond as the first commander of the US Space Command. Raymond had been in command of the Air Force Space Command since October 2016.
The Space Command is not the much promised “Space Force,” which the president said would follow soon.
President Trump says that the U.S. Space Command "will soon be followed, very importantly, by the establishment of the United States Space Force as the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces." https://t.co/FeucxQ2Ms9 pic.twitter.com/HrYUeNGS9a
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“SpaceCom will soon be followed, very importantly, by the establishment of the United States Space Force as the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces, and that’s really something when you think about it,” he said. . .
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“SpaceCom will ensure that America’s dominance in space is never questioned, and never threatened,” Trump added, “because we know the best way to prevent conflict is to prepare for victory.” (Read more from “President Trump Establishes the Space Command” HERE)
Trump Declares New Space Command Key to American Defense
By WBNS. . .Space Force, which has become a reliable applause line for Trump at his campaign rallies, has yet to win final approval by Congress.
The renewed focus on space as a military domain reflects concern about the vulnerability of U.S. satellites, both military and commercial, that are critical to U.S. interests and are potentially susceptible to disruption by Chinese and Russian anti-satellite weapons.
The role of the new Space Command is to conduct operations such as enabling satellite-based navigation and communications for troops and commanders in the field and providing warning of missile launches abroad. That is different from a Space Force, which would be a distinct military service like the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. (Read more from “Trump Declares New Space Command Key to American Defense” HERE)