President Trump advocates for 'Space Force' to become sixth mili

President Trump advocates for 'Space Force' to become sixth military branch

LUBBOCK, Texas -

President Trump is directing the Defense Department to add 'Space Force' as sixth military branch. It would fall under command of the Air Force. 

"When it comes to America, it is not enough to just have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space," Trump said. 

Last June, the House Armed Services Committee proposed 'The Space Force' to become a sixth branch of the military. President Trump has been advocating for it since March.   

President Trump expects it to work directly with the Air Force. 

"We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the 'Space Force', separate but equal. It is going to be something," Trump said. 

Colonel Lewis, who is retired and now working at Texas Tech in the Political Science Department, says one of the advantages is that it would protect the country from a potential threat. Whether a thread actually exists is classified information. 

"First, we will react to somebody's threats. Then we'd potentially deter somebody from trying to employ something offensive," Lewis said. 

Lewis says getting this branch started will include a lot of steps, and will be costly.    

"The down side of this is the huge costs of setting up a whole new separate branch. It's very expensive to do that," Lewis said. 

Establishing any additional military branch will be overseen by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joe Dunford. 

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