U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Thursday afternoon the reestablishment of a separate military command for space. In a speech delivered on the South Lawn of the White House, Trump described space as “the next warfighting domain” and said that “our adversaries are weaponizing earth’s orbits” targeting U.S. satellites and challenging its freedom to operate in space. Trump also announced plans to create a new military branch, the Space Force, which will require congressional approval. It will be an uphill task.
The command will be led by General John W. Raymond of the U.S. Air Force and present commander of the Air Force Space Command.
The original U.S. Space Command was established in 1985 and folded into the U.S. Strategic Command in 2002. The reestablishment of the U.S. Space Command has been anticipated for some time and follows similar moves by other space powers. In June, India established a Defense Space Research Agency that is expected to eventually assume command of the space assets of the three military services. And in July, France established its own space command.