“We have the Air Force, we’ll have the Space Force,” Trump said during a speech to military personnel in San Diego, Calif., after surveying border wall prototypes during his trip.
A push to establish a space corps within the Air Force — led by Reps. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) and Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) — failed in the House Armed Services Committee last year.
Though the move for an established space corps failed, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) did include several reforms to the military’s space operations.
The language also eliminates several layers of bureaucracy — including the principal adviser for space, the Defense Space Council and the deputy chief of staff for space operations — and gives Air Force Space Command sole authority for organizing, training and equipping all space forces within the Air Force.
Pentagon officials are also looking at how “best to posture joint space forces to support joint campaigns” and are considering creating a new command for space warfare, according to a Defense Department memo sent to Congress last week that was first reported by Defense One.