Military Space: January 2021 Archives

Letter From Colorado Congressional Delegation To President Biden Regarding Relocation Of The U.S. Space Command

"We write to request you conduct a thorough review of the Trump Administration's last-minute decision to move U.S. Space Command from Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Huntsville, Alabama and suspend any actions to relocate the headquarters until you complete the review. This move undermines our ability to respond to the threats in space and is disruptive to the current mission. Additionally, significant evidence exists that the process was neither fair nor impartial and that President Trump's political considerations influenced the final decision.

Political Influence. The Department of Defense must also review reports of political influence in this two-year process. At the outset, it is unclear why there was a basing process to reestablish a command with an existing and concentrated mission that was rehatted. In addition, it is unclear why the Air Force slowed and eventually stopped its standard strategic basing process in 2019. Certain press reports have suggested this was done due to requests from various Members of Congress who argued their state should have been included in the process. Finally, there is evidence President Trump's political considerations influenced the timing and final decision."

- Full-Blown Space Command Food Fight Underway, earlier post
- earlier military space postings

SecAF selects Huntsville, Alabama, as preferred location to host USSPACECOM, US Space Command

"The Secretary of the Air Force, on behalf of the Office of Secretary of Defense, selected Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama, as the preferred location for the U.S. Space Command Headquarters. ... Albuquerque, New Mexico; Bellevue, Nebraska; Cape Canaveral, Florida; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and San Antonio, Texas, will remain reasonable alternative locations for the U.S. Space Command Headquarters."

Trump administration decides on Alabama as new home for Space Command, Washington Post

"According to individuals familiar with the process, Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) was a major player in the decision-making. Cliff Sims, a senior adviser to Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and an Alabama native, also advocated for the move with both the White House and the Pentagon, the individuals said."

Nebraska to Continue U.S. Space Command Headquarters Bid, Greater Omaha Chamber

"Following today's announcement of Redstone Arsenal as the preferred location of U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM), community leaders in Nebraska re-emphasized their initial position: Based on objective criteria outlined by the Department of the Air Force, Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base remains the optimum location for U.S. Space Command. The Nebraska team expects full transparency of the final review to support this assertion."

Trump orders Space Command to leave Colorado

"It's a decision that Colorado lawmakers say they will ask incoming President-elect Joe Biden to overturn and has caused Colorado Springs Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Trump loyalist, to break with the administration. The move also will likely kick off a congressional probe into how the decision was reached."

Keith's note: In addition to the push by Sen. Shelby and Cliff Sims there is another Alabaman - newly-elected Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) and Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) who did Trump a huge favor by opposing the whole electoral college vote thing. Just saying. The incoming Biden Administration can easily revisit this decision. Stay tuned.


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