President Donald Trump officially instructed the Department of Defense to “immediately begin” the process of creating a sixth branch of the US military Monday; ordering the establishment of a “Space Force” to protect the United States from enemies across the planet and beyond.
According to CNBC, the Commander-in-Chief was speaking with reporters at the White House Monday morning when he unveiled the proposal, saying “our destiny beyond the earth is not only a matter of national identity but a matter of national security.”
“I am hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces,” Trump said.
“We have the Air Force, we’ll have the space force,” Trump told reporters earlier this year.
When implemented, the Space Force will be the newest addition to the US military in over 70 years, when the Air Force was added as an official branch directly after the Second World War.