Given the country’s heavy civilian and military reliance on satellites for communication, global positioning, reconnaissance, weather forecasting, navigation, etc., and the fact that this orbiting equipment is so vulnerable to attack, it makes good sense to have the military involved to ensure everything possible is done to plan, coordinate, implement and defend it.
What this doesn’t justify is setting up a new co-equal branch of the military with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marines. Even the Marines are technically still part of the Navy. It’s not as though we have a fleet of star cruisers or bases on Mars to defend. Maybe in another two hundred years it will make some sense, but now, um, no.
I think PrintDriver is right: there’s a military need for something, but whatever recommendation Trump received, he blew it all out of proportion. I suspect this new shiny object caught Trump’s limited attention span and he remembered back to when he was teenager watching the old, slightly creepy, Saturday morning marionette/puppet show about a space rescue force called Thunderbirds. “So yes, of course we need a Space Force! And the first order of business is to have a logo contest!”
This ignorant buffoon lying in bed at the White House eating Cheeseburgers, drinking diet Coke and watching cable television, in my opinion, just might be the biggest threat to the well-being of the country that we’ve faced since the Second World War.