President Donald Trump officially created the highly-anticipated ‘Space Command’ arm of the US military Tuesday; launching the next phase of space exploration and paving the way for a future ‘Space Force.’
“I direct the establishment, consistent with United States law, of United States Space Command as a functional Unified Combatant Command,” ordered the president in an executive memorandum sent to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.
“I also direct the Secretary of Defense to recommend officers for my nomination and Senate confirmation as Commander and Deputy Commander of the new United States Space Command,” added the Commander-in-Chief.
The new wing is expected to cost $800 million over the next five years.
“We’re working as we speak with leaders in both parties in Congress to stand up the United States Space Force before the end of 2020,” confirmed Vice President Pence.
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