>> The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers. But our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security. So important for our military, so important, and people don't talk about it.
When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space, so important. Very importantly, I'm hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces, that's a big statement.
We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the space force separate but equal.