The SpaceX boss says it'll help in "expanding our civilization."
Elon Musk is joining the chorus of "Space Force All The Way."
The SpaceX and Tesla CEO approved of President Donald Trump's proposed sixth branch of the US armed forces in an interview on the Recode Decode podcast's Friday episode.
"It's basically defense in space. And then I think also it could be pretty helpful for maybe expanding our civilization," he told Kara Swisher. "I do think it will become obvious over time that a Space Force is a sensible thing to do."
He said it'd be similar to the Air Force in standing as a specialized entity alongside the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corps and the Coast Guard, noting that the idea of an air branch was criticized before it was separated from the Army in 1947.
"And people today may not realize, back then it was widely panned as a ridiculous thing to create the Air Force, but now everyone's like, 'Obviously you should have an Air Force,'" Musk said. "And I think it's gonna become obvious that we should have a Space Force, too."