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Trump Formally Establishes Space Force

By | December 23, 2019

President Trump signs the National Defense Authorization Act at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 20, 2019. Photo: DoD

President Trump signed the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Dec. 20, officially standing up the Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces under the Air Force.

“America’s superiority in space is absolutely vital and we’re leading, but we’re not leading by enough,” Trump said Friday evening at a ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. “But very shortly, we’ll be leading by a lot.”

The president lauded Congress’ passage of the $738 billion defense authorizing bill this week, making brief remarks in front of senior Pentagon officials and military personnel before signing the bill.

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