Colorado and Alabama are vying for the honor. California is, too, but doesn’t deserve it.
Three states want President Donald Trump to choose them to house the US Air Force Space Command, which is the initial phase of implementing President Donald Trump’s goal of establishing a US Space Force.
Alabama, California and Colorado are the three finalists to host U.S. Space Command, a unified hub similar to U.S. Central Command or U.S. Cyber Command, which will oversee and coordinate all aspects of Pentagon space policy. The establishment of Space Command is a key step in the process of standing up Mr. Trump’s full Space Force, which in time would become the sixth branch of the armed forces.
A new military branch requires congressional approval, and the idea remains caught in legislative limbo on Capitol Hill. Still, Pentagon officials say U.S. Space Command can be organized relatively quickly and easily.
Once selected, the home of Space Command will become the center for all military space-related programs, which are currently spread across various areas of the military.
Colorado has emerged as an early front-runner, according to CNN’s report based on an internal memo…so that may or may not be true.
The Air Force isn’t disputing the validity of the CNN report, which names four Colorado bases — Buckley Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Peterson Air Force Base and Schriever Air Force Base — as potential locations of the command, as well as the Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Alabama and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
However, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said that the document was an “early draft,” raising the possibility that other candidate bases could be added to the mix later.
Currently, Air Force Space Command has its headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.
As a Californian who loves space, I would like to recommend that the USAF Space Command team pick…either Colorado or Alabama. Your employees will not face extreme housing costs and high taxes. Our state is currently dealing with infectious diseases, needle-strewn streets, and Sanctuary State rules. Our political leaders are key figures in the anti-Trump #Resistance, so do not deserve to be rewarded with the Command Center.
There are other factors as well.
— Justin “Doc” Herman (@JustinHerman) April 29, 2009
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