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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 PolisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Biden sales pitch heads to Virginia and Louisiana Colorado extends mask mandate, loosens restrictions for vaccinated Colorado state reps unanimously advance bill to allow to-go cocktails 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 ShanahanOvernight Defense: National Guard boosts DC presence ahead of inauguration | Lawmakers demand probes into troops' role in Capitol riot | Financial disclosures released for Biden Pentagon nominee Biden Pentagon pick could make up to .7M from leaving Raytheon Lloyd Austin can lead — as a civilian 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 DeSantisRon DeSantisCruise line CEO says ships may avoid Florida over COVID-19 passport ban The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - More states are passing voting restrictions Ex-DeSantis staffers form support group MORE (R), a close ally of President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report 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.