WASHINGTON, D.C. - In speaking to the National Space Council Monday morning, President Trump directed the Pentagon and the Department of Defense to create a military "Space Force."
The President said it would be separate, but equal with the Air Force. The Air Force declined to immediately comment.
"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," President Trump said, "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."
He said the new branch's creation will be overseen by Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
It's not the first time the President has mentioned creating a space force. He said that he even included it as part of his national space strategy. But, in March President Trump had said he wasn't really serious about the idea.
"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," said President Trump.
ABC News and CNN contributed to this web report.
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