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Trump's 'space force' could propel Southern California's aerospace industry

WASHINGTON - One of the big winners from President Donald Trump's push for a new military service called "space force" may be one of his least favorite places - California.

Once the launchpad of the nation's aerospace industry, Southern California stands to see a surge in government and industry jobs and billions of dollars in contracts for satellites and other technology if Congress approves the space force when it takes up the proposal next year, industry experts and former military officials said.

"You can't just go out in the middle of Iowa and try to create a center for space," said Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., a retired Air Force officer. "So Southern California is very well situated" to get substantial benefits.

The extent of the benefits would depend on where the

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