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The Pentagon on Thursday officially established United States Space Command, a precursor to the Space Force military service President Donald Trump has called for.

As the nation's 11th geographic combatant command, Space Command was created to defend U.S. space-enabled capabilities in this new warfighting domain, said Air Force Gen. John "Jay" Raymond, who assumed command of U.S. Space Command on Thursday.

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With risks to satellites ranging from espionage attempts and jamming to cyber-attacks and anti-satellite weapons, space has simply become another frontier to defend — as well as dramatic repercussions for of our ability to communicate, share data, and carry out transactions, it could seriously compromise national security.

That is why France's minister of defense, Florence Parly, recently announced the launch of a space self-defense and surveillance program with a view to developing patrol nano-satellites and power lasers, according to Le Point.

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Editor's Note: This article by Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

The U.S. Air Force's former top civilian recently gave a glimpse into the mission of an experimental space plane that has puzzled space geeks, enthusiasts, experts and even some officials because of its clandestine use.

Speaking about space situational awareness and deterrence at the Aspen Security Forum last week, Heather Wilson — who was the service's 24th secretary — brought up the X-37B spacecraft.

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Photo Illustration by Paul Szoldra

The Space Force will not be used to fight off an alien invasion, but it may end up fighting a space-suited version of Jack Sparrow.

According to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the United States absolutely needs a space force because, much like back in the olden days of tall ships on the high seas, there may be pirates roving the galaxy looking for interstellar booty to pillage.

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Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan nearly ripped a hole in the Space-Time Continuum on Thursday when he told reporters that the nominees to lead the Space Force would be announced soon.

"Travelling in Florida Thursday, Shanahan said that he already has nominees in mind for the top spots of the Space Force," as first reported by Aaron Mehta of Defense News.

Well, there are a couple of problems with that: First and foremost is that the service does not exist. (To be clear, the word "exist" applies to things that are real in the literal sense as opposed to goals, dreams, aspirations, and success in Afghanistan.)

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U.S. Air Force Gen. Jay Raymond, Commander of Air Force Space Command, addresses the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force/ Dave Grim)

President Trump has nominated Gen. Jay Raymond to lead the U.S. Space Command, a new major military entity aimed at advancing the country's operations in space.

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