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 PolisKamala Harris says she is open to abolishing Electoral College Trump: Campaigning for popular vote 'much easier' than for electoral votes Colorado governor signs national popular vote bill into law 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 ShanahanPentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Pentagon agrees to set up McSally's military sexual assault task force Acting Pentagon chief says he hasn't 'walked through' Space Force proposal with skeptical Dem chairman 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 DeSantisRepublicans need solutions on environment too Republicans up for reelection fear daylight with Trump Florida bill repealing ban on smokable medical marijuana headed to governor's desk MORE (R), a close ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral 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.