Trump orders creation of Space Force, but within Air Force

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February 20, 2019 - 9:31 AM

U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters after signing a directive centralizing all military space functions under a new Space Force, which will be overseen by the Department of the Air Force. (TNS)

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.

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