In March of 2018, President Donald Trump first introduced the idea of a “Space Force” while addressing Marines at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, where many initially interpreted it as a joke. However, in the months since, the United States Space Force (USSF) has become something very real. According to the Department of Defense, the Space Force’s primary tasks would be to “protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities that enable our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines.” It would consolidate all the various U.S. space efforts, which are currently spread across multiple branches, in order to increase efficiency and reduce resource waste. Furthermore, according to a Defense Intelligence Agency threat assessment, the growing list of foreign countries demonstrating the ability to destroy satellites already includes Russia, China, India, and Israel. In his confirmation hearing, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper also noted, "Space is now a warfighting domain. Not because we made it that way but because the Russians and Chinese are making it that way."