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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 PolisColorado governor, spouse test positive for COVID-19 Colorado order allows hospitals to stop admitting, transfer patients when at capacity due to COVID-19 Broncos announce this weekend will be last game in front of fans this season 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 ShanahanProgressive House Democrats urge Biden against Defense chief with contractor ties Trump fires Defense chief Mark Esper House Armed Services chairman expresses confidence in Esper amid aircraft carrier coronavirus crisis 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 DeSantisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans Group of Florida mayors calls on DeSantis to issue mask mandate DeSantis promises to keep Florida open despite recent coronavirus case surge MORE (R), a close ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge 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.