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Trump creates new Space Command

President Donald Trump signs an executive order on the Space Force in June.
President Donald Trump signs an executive order on the Space Force in June. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered the creation of a unified combatant command to oversee all U.S. military activities in space.

Why it matters: This is a step toward the creation of a sixth branch of the military, the Space Force, which the administration is seeking congressional support for.

Go deeper: National security figures dominate early Space Force meeting