Omaha, Nebraska 2021-02-23 11:21:31 –
Denver (AP) — Pentagon inspector general announced on Friday that he was considering a last-minute decision by the Trump administration to move the US Space Force from Colorado to Alabama.
The January 13 decision, a week before Trump resigned, blinded Colorado authorities and raised the issue of political retaliation. At a Colorado Springs rally in 2020, Trump hinted that Command would stay at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.
However, Republican Senator Cory Gardner, the man Trump held the rally, lost his bid for reelection in November, and Colorado, unlike Alabama, categorically voted against Trump. The last-minute relocation of headquarters to Huntsville, Alabama, home to the US Army’s Redstone Arsenal, blinded Colorado officials from both parties and urged the Biden administration to reconsider the decision.
On Friday, the Inspector General’s Office announced that it was investigating whether the relocation was in compliance with Air Force and Pentagon policies and was based on a proper assessment of competing locations.
Colorado officials from both parties were excited. “It’s imperative to thoroughly rethink what I believe is a fundamentally flawed process that focuses on bean counting rather than American space domination,” said Republicans, including the Space Force. Said Rep. Doug Ramborn.
Two Democratic senators from the state, Michael Bennett and John Hickenlooper, also welcomed the investigation. “Move the Space Force will disrupt our mission while jeopardizing our national security and economic vitality,” the Senator said in a joint statement. “Politics has no role to play in our national security. We fully support our investigation.”
Among other missions, the Space Force enables satellite-based navigation and military communications, and provides missile launch warnings. Also based in Peterson are the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the United States Northern Command.
The Space Force is different from the US Space Force, which was launched in December 2019 as the first new military service since the Air Force was founded in 1947. The Space Force is the central commander of space operations throughout the army, not individual military service. It operated in Peterson from 1985 until its dissolution in 2002 and revived in 2019.
The Air Force was considering six finalists, including Huntsville, Alabama and Bellevue, Nebraska, when it accepted bids from the location when Command was resurrected and suggested that Trump would stay in Colorado Springs.
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