U.S. could launch a SPACE FORCE alongside other branches of the military to fight extraterrestrial wars A new space force could be created in the US to fight the extraterrestrial wars of the future, President Donald Trump has claimed. Legislators and military experts have envisioned a possibility of war in space for at least the past several decades. Until recently, that issue has been cast aside as other more pressing matters - including war and terrorism - have taken centre stage. Now, addressing the prospect of an armed encounter above the Earth appears to be an increasing priority for the world's super powers. Russia and China are already claimed to be developing armaments that can strike in space, including missiles that can target satellites. Trump's comments suggest America is prioritising its own offensive and defensive capabilities, to ensure its supremacy in the theatre of space conflict. Previously revealed US space weapons include the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle and hypersonic missiles under development that could be used to strike objects in orbit. During his speech, the Trump said that his administration is 'seriously thinking' about creating a space force as part of his efforts to build up the nation's military. Trump listed the 'five proud branches of the United States Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and the Coast Guard'. According to reports in The Times, he paused for a moment before adding: 'And we're actually thinking of a sixth, and that would be the Space Force. Does that make sense? 'Because we're getting very big in space, both militarily and for other reasons. And we are seriously thinking of the Space Force'. This is not the first time that Trump has raised the prospect of a new Space Force, telling a crowd of Marines in March he may want to start one.