Trump orders creation of Space Force, but within Air Force
February 20, 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Pentagon to develop plans to create a new Space Force within the Air Force, accepting less than the full-fledged department he'd wanted.
Before signing a document instructing the defense secretary to draft proposed legislation, Trump said space is the "future" and the "next step."
"We have to be prepared," he said in the Oval Office, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and other top officials.
Trump initially said he wanted a Space Force that was "separate but equal" to the other m...