Colorado congressional delegation, governor ask Pentagon for Space Command base

Colorado congressional delegation, governor ask Pentagon for Space Command base

Colorado Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisColorado secretary of state bans employees from traveling to Alabama after abortion law Colorado governor marks day for teen who died in school shooting Montana Gov. Bullock enters presidential race MORE (D) and the state’s congressional delegation sent a letter to the Pentagon on Friday asking that the Defense Department reestablish U.S. Space Command in the state. 

Polis and the delegation urged acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump: GOP has `clear contrast' with Dems on immigration Overnight Defense: Congressional leaders receive classified briefing on Iran | Trump on war: 'I hope not' | Key Republican calls threats credible | Warren plan targets corporate influence at Pentagon Sanders introduces petition to prohibit war with Iran without Congress' approval MORE to use Colorado's existing space missions and assets, and invited Shanahan to visit the state's existing space defense infrastructure.

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“As the epicenter of national security space, Colorado is the prime location to house national efforts to ensure continued U.S. technological superiority, global leadership, and capabilities in space. For these reasons, it is in the nation’s best interests to base U.S. Space Command in Colorado,” they wrote.

Colorado houses the Defense Department's center of gravity for space operations, U.S. Northern Command and the U.S. Air Force Space Command, including three of its five active-duty space wings.

Colorado will likely face stiff competition for the site, as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisTrump officials not sending migrants to Florida after backlash Dem criticizes newest calendars for Trump Interior chief as 'fake' GOP gov pushes back on Trump plan to send migrants to Florida counties MORE (R), a close ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE, courted the White House last month for the Space Command headquarters.

U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command are already based in Florida, as are U.S. Southern Command, the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. 

The president directed the Pentagon in December to create Space Command to prepare for the formation of the Space Force. Space Command’s establishment helped bring each military branch’s space elements under one roof. 

The Pentagon is crafting legislation to get congressional approval and funding for Space Force, which will be the military’s newest branch, though it is still expected to be housed under the Air Force.

Updated March 8, 7:53 a.m.