President Donald Trump Establishes Space Command: This Is A ‘Landmark Moment ‘ | NBC News Now

President Donald Trump Establishes Space Command: This Is A ‘Landmark Moment ‘ | NBC News Now


THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>THE UNITED STATES COMBATANT>>THE UNITED STATES COMBATANT COMMANDS WERE DEVELOPED TO JOIN COMMANDS WERE DEVELOPED TO JOIN BRANCHES OF OUR ARMED FORCES IN BRANCHES OF OUR ARMED FORCES IN COMMON CAUSE ACROSS DIVERSE COMMON CAUSE ACROSS DIVERSE FIELDS OF BATTLE. FIELDS OF BATTLE. EACH OF THE UNITED STATES EACH OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY’S COMBATANT COMMAND HAS MILITARY’S COMBATANT COMMAND HAS A RESPONSIBILITY WHICH WE A RESPONSIBILITY WHICH WE ESTABLISHED TO PROTECT AMERICANS ESTABLISHED TO PROTECT AMERICANS FROM THE MOST ADVANCED CYBER FROM THE MOST ADVANCED CYBER THREATS AND ALSO TO CREATE VERY THREATS AND ALSO TO CREATE VERY SEVERE AND POWERFUL OFFENSIVE SEVERE AND POWERFUL OFFENSIVE THREATS SHOULD WE NEED THEM. THREATS SHOULD WE NEED THEM. THE DANGERS TO OUR COUNTRY THE DANGERS TO OUR COUNTRY CONSTANTLY EVOLVE AND SO MUST CONSTANTLY EVOLVE AND SO MUST WE. WE. NOW THOSE WHO WISH TO HARM THE NOW THOSE WHO WISH TO HARM THE UNITED STATES TO SEEK TO UNITED STATES TO SEEK TO CHALLENGE US AND THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE US AND THE ULTIMATE HIGH GROUND OF SPACE, IT’S GOING HIGH GROUND OF SPACE, IT’S GOING TO BE A WHOLE DIFFERENT BALL TO BE A WHOLE DIFFERENT BALL GAME. GAME. OUR ADVERSARIES ARE WEAPONIZING OUR ADVERSARIES ARE WEAPONIZING EARTH’S ORBITS WITH NEW EARTH’S ORBITS WITH NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO TARGET TECHNOLOGIES TO TARGET SATELLITES THAT ARE CRITICAL. SATELLITES THAT ARE CRITICAL. OUR FREEDOM TO OPERATE IN SPACE OUR FREEDOM TO OPERATE IN SPACE IS ALSO ESSENTIAL TO DETECTING IS ALSO ESSENTIAL TO DETECTING AND DESTROYING ANY MISSILE AND DESTROYING ANY MISSILE LAUNCH AGAINST THE UNITED LAUNCH AGAINST THE UNITED STATES. STATES. SO JUST AS WE HAVE RECOGNIZED SO JUST AS WE HAVE RECOGNIZED LAND, AIR, SEA AND CYBER AS LAND, AIR, SEA AND CYBER AS VITAL WAR FIGHTING DOMAINS, WE VITAL WAR FIGHTING DOMAINS, WE WILL NOW TREAT SPACE AS AN WILL NOW TREAT SPACE AS AN INDEPENDENT REGION OVER SEENSEEN INDEPENDENT REGION OVER SEENSEEN NEW UNIFIED GEOGRAPHIC COMBATANT NEW UNIFIED GEOGRAPHIC COMBATANT COMMAND. COMMAND. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE 11th THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE 11th COMBATANT COMMAND IS A LANDMARK COMBATANT COMMAND IS A LANDMARK MOMENT. MOMENT. THIS IS A LANDMARK DAY, ONE THAT THIS IS A LANDMARK DAY, ONE THAT RECOGNIZES THE CENTRALITY OF RECOGNIZES THE CENTRALITY OF SPACE TO AMERICA’S NATIONAL SPACE TO AMERICA’S NATIONAL SECURITY AND DEFENSE. SECURITY AND DEFENSE. UNDER GENERAL RAYMOND’S UNDER GENERAL RAYMOND’S LEADERSHIP, SPACE COM WILL VERY SIGNIFICANT. NOW, THE PRESIDENT ADDRESSED NOW, THE PRESIDENT ADDRESSED THAT AND IMMEDIATELY WENT ONTO THAT AND IMMEDIATELY WENT ONTO TALK ABOUT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF TALK ABOUT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SPACE COMMAND. SPACE COMMAND. THIS IS, AGAIN, SEPARATE BUT THIS IS, AGAIN, SEPARATE BUT MAYBE A PRECURSOR TO SPACE MAYBE A PRECURSOR TO SPACE FORCE, SOMETHING PRESIDENT TRUMP FORCE, SOMETHING PRESIDENT TRUMP WANTS TO ESTABLISH BASICALLY BY WANTS TO ESTABLISH BASICALLY BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR. THE END OF NEXT YEAR. VICE PRESIDENT PENCE HAS BEEN VICE PRESIDENT PENCE HAS BEEN VERY VOCAL AS WELL. VERY VOCAL AS WELL. THEY’VE BOTH BEEN VERY SORT OF THEY’VE BOTH BEEN VERY SORT OF AGGRESSIVE IN PUSHING TO GET AGGRESSIVE IN PUSHING TO GET THIS ESTABLISHED. THIS ESTABLISHED. PRESIDENT TRUMP BELIEVES SPACE PRESIDENT TRUMP BELIEVES SPACE IS THE NEXT FRONTIER, WANTS TO IS THE NEXT FRONTIER, WANTS TO SEE MORE MILITARY EXPANSION SEE MORE MILITARY EXPANSION THERE. THERE. SPACE COMMAND ESSENTIALLY TAKES SPACE COMMAND ESSENTIALLY TAKES THE MILITARIZATION PIECE OF THE MILITARIZATION PIECE OF SPACE, PULLS IT AWAY FROM SPACE, PULLS IT AWAY FROM STRATEGIC COMMAND AND GIVES IT STRATEGIC COMMAND AND GIVES IT ITS OWN AREA INSIDE THE DEFENSE ITS OWN AREA INSIDE THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO BE ABLE TO DEPARTMENT TO BE ABLE TO PRIORITIZE THIS. PRIORITIZE THIS. AGAIN, IT IS A PRIORITY FOR AGAIN, IT IS A PRIORITY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE VICE PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE VICE PRESIDENT. PRESIDENT. THAT’S WHY YOU SAW THE THAT’S WHY YOU SAW THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THIS TODAY WITH ESTABLISHMENT OF THIS TODAY WITH THE DECREE SIGNED AND THEN THAT THE DECREE SIGNED AND THEN THAT RATHER DRAMATIC UNFURLING OF THE RATHER DRAMATIC UNFURLING OF THE NEW FLAG REPRESENTING THE SPACE NEW FLAG REPRESENTING THE SPACE COMMAND. COMMAND. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT HAVE BEEN WORKING TOWARDS. HAVE BEEN WORKING TOWARDS. IT IS NOT THE FACE SPACE FORCE. IT IS NOT THE FACE SPACE FORCE. CONGRESS NEEDS TO APPROVE CONGRESS NEEDS TO APPROVE ANOTHER WHOLE BRANCH OF THE ANOTHER WHOLE BRANCH OF THE MILITARY. MILITARY.>>WE KNOW THERE IS A>>WE KNOW THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. DIFFERENCE. THE PRESIDENT ABLE TO MAKE A THE PRESIDENT ABLE TO MAKE A MOVE HERE ON THE SPACE COMMAND. MOVE HERE ON THE SPACE COMMAND. CONGRESS WOULD HAVE TO GET CONGRESS WOULD HAVE TO GET INVOLVED FOR THE SPACE FORCE. INVOLVED FOR THE SPACE FORCE.>>Reporter: 100%.>>Reporter: 100%. ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THERE’S THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THERE’S QUESTION MARKS AROUND, JUST QUESTION MARKS AROUND, JUST GIVEN SORT OF THE EXPENSE OF GIVEN SORT OF THE EXPENSE OF THAT. THAT. BUT THERE IS CONCERN I THINK IN BUT THERE IS CONCERN I THINK IN SOME QUARTCORRIDORS OF WASHINGTO SOME QUARTCORRIDORS OF WASHINGTO HERE AND IN THE WHITE HOUSE THAT HERE AND IN THE WHITE HOUSE THAT THE U.S. IS GETTING OUT THE U.S. IS GETTING OUT OUTMANEUVERED WHEN IT COMES TO OUTMANEUVERED WHEN IT COMES TO ACCOMPLISHING A ING ACCOMPLISHING A ING ESTABLISHING A PRESENCE IN ESTABLISHING A PRESENCE IN SPACE. SPACE. THE U.S. IN THE EYES OF THE THE U.S. IN THE EYES OF THE WHITE HOUSE STILL ABLE TO PLAY, WHITE HOUSE STILL ABLE TO PLAY, IF YOU WILL, OR BE AGGRESSIVE IN IF YOU WILL, OR BE AGGRESSIVE IN THAT REALM. THAT REALM.>>FORGIVE THE PUN BUT HE DID>>FORGIVE THE PUN BUT HE DID BRING IT BACK DOWN TO EARTH A BRING IT BACK DOWN TO EARTH A LITTLE BIT SAYING THIS ISN’T LITTLE BIT SAYING THIS ISN’T JUST ABOUT SPACE AND THAT JUST ABOUT SPACE AND THAT FRONTIER BUT IT’S ALSO A WAY FOR FRONTIER BUT IT’S ALSO A WAY FOR US TO KEEP AN EYE ON POTENTIAL US TO KEEP AN EYE ON POTENTIAL MILITARY TESTS TO PROTECT US MILITARY TESTS TO PROTECT US HERE OF EARTH. HERE OF EARTH.>>Reporter: YES.>>Reporter: YES. AND SATELLITES, THINGS THAT ARE AND SATELLITES, THINGS THAT ARE ABLE TO CONDUCT SURVEILLANCE OR ABLE TO CONDUCT SURVEILLANCE OR KEEP AN EYE ON OTHER AREAS OF KEEP AN EYE ON OTHER AREAS OF THE WORLD. THE WORLD. THAT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FOR THAT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE U.S. AND INTELLIGENCE THE U.S. AND INTELLIGENCE GATHERING CAPABILITIES AROUND GATHERING CAPABILITIES AROUND THE WORLD. THE WORLD. THAT’S WHY YOU’RE SEEING A FOCUS THAT’S WHY YOU’RE SEEING A FOCUS ON THIS TODAY. ON THIS TODAY.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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