Aurora, Colorado 2021-07-21 08:01:30 –
Shade. This is a great way to describe the Trump administration’s decision to move the Space Force from its Colorado Springs home to Huntsville, Alabama.
Trump, who campaigned in Colorado Springs in February 2020, predicted that he and former Senator Cory Gardner would win Colorado in a landslide. Trump knew that Colorado Springs needed a big turnout. Trump hung a typical carrot when he hinted at the joy of a large crowd. Colorado Springs, a temporary home for the Space Force, said, “I love the Air Force Academy. And you have all the infrastructure, so you are strongly considered.”
The last frontier, space, has become an important national security issue, and it is important to maintain America’s dominance in the face of ever-changing threats. It is very important that the Space Force revived in 2019 with the mission of “protecting and defending the space territory.” The Space Force, Combat Integrated Combatant Command oversees all military operations in space.
Twenty-four states were applied for permanent homes in Command before the list was narrowed down to six finalists by the Air Force. The location selection process required ranking six locations using objective and relevant scoring factors.
Both Trump and Gardner lost Colorado in a landslide, and on January 13 (the day of the second impeachment of his role in the riots), Trump announced that Huntsville, Alabama would be a permanent residence.
Media outlets reported that Trump personally rejected the military leader’s decision to confer Space Command on Colorado Springs and chose Huntsville for political reasons, according to anonymous sources. I am. That’s because of his support for Alabama’s elections and his desire to have a member of the state legislature beside him in the ongoing impeachment struggle.
Stubborn, conservative and Trump supporter Doug Ramborn told the Washington Examiner: They were told by the president, “You turn this into Alabama,” and they just went back and found a way to justify that decision. “
Colorado General Assembly Mayor John Suthers, Governor Jared Polis, Senator Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, Ramborn, and the Colorado General Assembly delegation all work closely together to overturn this decision. They have some strong debate.
Colorado Springs has been the home of the Space Force from 1985 to 2002, and since 2019. From an operational perspective, it has the unique synergies and efficiencies that come from having the Space Force located near the National Space Defense Center, the North Army, and NORAD. Aurora’s Buckley Space Force Garrison, about 60 miles away, has command-and-control operations for space-based infrared satellites (SBIRS), as well as Colorado’s aviation data facility.
Colorado also boasts the country’s largest space economy. We are home to major space systems that enable military operations around the world. There are more than 500 companies and suppliers, and more than 33,000 employees are employed directly in the private space sector. Colorado has an estimated 230,000 aerospace jobs in all industrial sectors. It is a very important sector that Colorado is a nationally funded aerospace and defense industry champion and has retired Maj. Gen. Jay Lindel.
The Space Force will eventually employ 1,400 people at its headquarters. And we have an educated workforce to fill these highly skilled positions. Colorado was ranked the fifth most educated state, and Alabama was one of the five least educated states.
Senator Bennett and Senator Mark Warner, chairs of the Senate Information Task Force, wrote a letter asking the President to reconsider the decision for national security reasons. In particular, two senators who have a keen understanding of intelligence issues said, “This decision did not consider how such a move would affect the intelligence community’s dependencies and missions. I’m worried. “
Indeed, with the change of power, Colorado is fortunate to have two powerful Democratic senators begging President Joe Biden and others to correct this mistake.
Both the Pentagon Inspector General and the US Government Accountability Office conducted separate investigations into the Trump administration’s decision to move the Space Force.
Just last week, two retired generals, Vice Admiral Ed Everhart, who once led the U.S. Space Force in Colorado Springs, and Vice Admiral Ed Anderson, who led the Army Space Missile Defense Command in Huntsville — yes, that Huntsville — The paper commented that it would cost $ 1.2 billion to relocate headquarters and that staying in Colorado Springs would be safer as it could reach full mission capacity up to seven years earlier.
In addition to investigations and direct proceedings to the White House, there are other opportunities for Colorado delegations to legislate themselves. And they are not alone. An increasing cascade of other states and leaders is also demanding answers.
The final decision will not be resolved in the short term, but the move will not occur in the short term. The final decision is scheduled for spring 2023 after an environmental review. If the decision goes on, the command will be relocated in 2026.
This time, let’s hope that the benefits will be realized.
Doug Friednash is from Denver, a partner of law firm Brownstein Hyatt Faber and Shrek, and former Chief of Staff of Governor John Hickenlooper.
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