by Tyler Durden
NDAA signing ceremony
Andrews AF Base,
Trump's signing of the National Defense Authorization
Act on Friday, he created the newest and sixth branch of the
military - the first since the last branch, the US Air Force - was
formally established in 1947.
Gen. John Raymond, the commander of US Space Command and Air
Force Space Command said of the historic birth of the new Space Force now
"The law states that
Air Force Space Command will be re-designated the United States
Space Force, that will happen immediately," he said at the
He indicated that 16,000
active duty airmen and civilians currently serving in the
Space Command will be assigned to the just established Space Force.
From there, it will begin to get slowly up and running as its own
"There's not a really
good playbook on, how do you stand up a separate service?" Gen.
Raymond pointed out. "We haven't really done this since 1947."
"It's going to be really important that we get this right. A
uniform, a patch, a song - it gets to the culture of a service,"
Raymond has been tapped
to head the Space Force until a chief of space operations is
confirmed by the Senate.
Meanwhile the Air Force Times obtained some of the
Without sharing details of the plan, a senior Air Force official
said on background, because he was not authorized to speak on the
record, there will be 30, 60 and 90-day benchmarks to meet.
Where it took three years
to stand up the Air Force, he said, the Space Force hopes to be off
and running in 18 months or less. That includes, he added, sending a
four-star officer to represent the service on the Joint Chiefs of
The new command's social media and recruitment efforts were fast up
The White House is touting it as a history making win.
"For the first time
since President Harry Truman created the Air Force over 70 years
ago - think of that - we will create a brand-new American
That's such a
momentous statement: 70 years ago, the Air Force," President
Trump said in his NDAA signing ceremony remarks on Friday.
Gen. John Raymond,
chief of the US Space Command,
"It's a big moment.
That's a big moment, and we're all here for it. Space. Going to
be a lot of things happening in space," Trump added.
"Because space is the world's newest warfighting domain.
Amid grave threats to
our national security, American superiority in space is
absolutely vital. And we're leading, but we're not leading by
enough," the president said.
"The Space Force will help us deter aggression and control the
ultimate high ground," Trump said.