President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act Friday officially funding Space Force and the official Twitter account had a message shortly after the bill was signed: We’re hiring!.
“A lot of things happening in space,” President Trump said after signing the act. “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, but very shortly we’ll be leading by a lot.”
When the idea of a Space Force was originally floated, many in mainstream media said it was a joke. Far-left late-night talk show hosts mocked the plan and many ridiculed it on social media. But when the White House made it clear it was very serious, questions started emerging. Would it be a new branch or a wing of the Air Force? How will Space Force get its funding? What will its mission be? Is this a farce?
“This is not a farce. This is nationally critical,” Gen. John Raymond, who will lead the Space Force, told reporters on Friday. “We are elevating space commensurate with its importance to our national security and the security of our allies and partners.”
— United States Space Force (@SpaceForceDoD) December 21, 2019