US President Donald Trump has officially funded the US Space Force – a Pentagon force focused on warfare in space.
According to a report by the BBC, Mr Trump spoke at an army base near Washington, describing space as “the world’s newest war-fighting domain”.
He is also quoted as saying:
“Amid grave threats to our national security, American superiority in space is absolutely vital. We’re leading, but we’re not leading by enough, but very shortly we’ll be leading by a lot. The Space Force will help us deter aggression and control the ultimate high ground.”
The launch of the Space Force will be funded by an initial $40m for its first year.
The new military service, the first in more than 70 years, falls under the US Air Force.