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"I can remember when the first pulsars were discovered. I was able to go and sit down and listen to graduate students talking about what their theories, to explain what pulsars really were."
- Vernor Vinge

Space Force  
  That branch of the military with a presence outside the atmosphere.  

Why have you gathered three fourths of your space forces, to crush a handful of plotters?
From Hindsight, by Jack Williamson.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1940
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Perhaps a better usage can be found in Alfred Bester's 1950 story Devil's Invention:

On July 11th he was brevetted to command of the wrecked Space Force...

On September 19th he assumed supreme command in the Battle of the Parsec.

It is worth noting that Werner von Braun used the same expression:

The tasks of strategic bombing and global reconnaissance will have become a mission of the Space Forces, which by 2003 will have become a separate service on equal status with Army, Navy and Air Force.

President Trump announced the formation of the Space Force in 2018, so that's not a bad prediction.

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