"My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea", said Trump. And some said a military space force may make it harder to keep Earth's orbit a place of peace.
Trump's own defence secretary and air force secretary argued vociferously against it when members of Congress pushed it previous year, Sean O'Keefe, who was both NASA administrator and navy secretary under president George W. Bush, told the Associated Press.
But, before the United States begins building the super bomber, the air force will carry out a "critical design review" to see how it can better implement the tech.
Trump floated the idea while speaking to a group of U.S. Marines in San Diego on Tuesday. "We have the army, the navy".
"It's really what we're already doing but giving elevated status to the mission", American University space expert Howard McCurdy said of Trump's proposal. "Maybe we'll have to do that".
While Trump was nearly jokingly floating the idea, there has always been a military aspect to the space race.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE told troops in California on Tuesday that the USA would be going to Mars in the very near future. NASA is much more public, but the military program is just as big. The bill ultimately left out the ambitious Space Corps plan being pushed by the House Armed Service Committee, but as well as offering more responsibility and authority to the Air Force Space Command, it did require a road map to be developed over the coming year describing a potential pathway towards a "a separate military department" for space defense.