Investigation into U.S. Space Command Headquarters announced

The permanent headquarters of the U.S. Space Command will be located in Huntsville, Alabama,...
The permanent headquarters of the U.S. Space Command will be located in Huntsville, Alabama, the Secretary of the Air Force said.(U.S. Space Command)
Published: Feb. 19, 2021 at 4:11 PM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The Department of Defense Inspector General announced an investigation into the basing decision for the location of the U.S. Space Command headquarters on Friday.

The Inspector General will reportedly evaluate whether or not the Department of the Air Force (DAF) complied with DoD and Air Force policies during the selection process. They will also look to see if the DAF used objective and relative scoring factors and if the DAF calculated the cost for the six candidate locations.

Governor Jared Polis and Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera issued the following statement:

“We are pleased that the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General is evaluating the selection process for the permanent location of U.S. Space Command. The process was flawed and inconsistently evaluated each of the finalist locations. Moving U.S. Space Command will disrupt the mission and risk our national security, threaten jobs and economic growth of our state and Southern Colorado. It’s clear that the decision to relocate U.S Space Command is fiscally irresponsible and would cost taxpayers money. The Dept. of Defense should review this decision to ensure that it is based upon objective and relevant scoring factors. Colorado’s proud military heritage, unparalleled aerospace ecosystem, and unmatched quality of life for our service members and their families make us the epicenter of national security space and the only home for the mission. We thank Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper and our federal delegation for their efforts to restore integrity to the process and look forward to the findings from the investigation. We will continue to support the efforts to maintain U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs.”

This month, Governor Jared Polis, along with Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, and a group of bipartisan state legislators wrote a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, urging him to pause the U.S. Space Command’s move from Colorado Springs.

Several other law makers released statements this afternoon as well:

It is imperative that we thoroughly review what I believe will prove to be a fundamentally flawed process that focused on bean-counting rather than American space dominance. I have been in close contact with the Office of Inspector General and my colleagues on the Armed Services Committee about this matter, and have also requested the Government Accountability Office review the defective methodology behind this process. I welcome the investigation by the DOD OIG, and look forward to this review. I will continue working to ensure that this decision was made with neither political bias nor arbitrary and inappropriate metrics which will ultimately materially damage our national security and hamper Space Command’s critical mission.”

-Congressman Doug Lamborn

“We are glad to hear that the Department of Defense Inspector General will be investigating the Trump Administration’s hastily-announced basing decision to move U.S. Space Command from Colorado to Alabama. Colorado is the epicenter of the national security space mission and has been performing the mission since the inception of Space Command in 1985. Moving Space Command will disrupt the mission while risking our national security and economic vitality. Politics have no role to play in our national security. We fully support the investigation.”

-Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper

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