Space Command to be headquartered in Alabama, in ‘win’ for Trump allies in state

Space Command to be headquartered in Alabama, in ‘win’ for Trump allies in state

The
U.S.
Space
Command
will
be
headquartered
in
Huntsville,
Ala.,
it
was
announced
Wednesday,
in
what
sources
say
is a
“major
win”
for
allies
of
President
Trump
in
the
state after
an
intense
lobbying
battle
between
six
finalists.

Huntsville’s
Redstone
Arsenal
has
been
chosen
as
the
permanent
headquarters
of
the
U.S.
Space
Command,
the
Air
Force
announced
Wednesday.


RATCLIFFE
DESIGNATES
SPACE
FORCE
AS
18TH
MEMBER
OF
INTELLIGENCE
COMMUNITY

A
source
familiar
with
the
situation
told
Fox
News
that
it
is
expected
to
take
several
years
to
move
the
current
temporary
headquarters
for
Space
Command
at
Peterson
Air
Force
Base
in
Colorado into
the
permanent
location
at
Redstone,
and
expect
it
to
cost
more
than
$1
billion.

At
that
point,
the
source
told
Fox
News
that
all
U.S.
military
operations
in
space
will
be
coordinated
and
run
out
of
Space
Command
headquarters
in
Huntsville,
Ala.

Huntsville was
one
of
six
finalists
for
the
headquarters,
which
could
bring
more
than
1,500
jobs
with
it.

The
other
finalists
included
Peterson
Air
Force
Base
in
Colorado;
Kirtland
Air
Force
Base
in
New
Mexico;
Offutt
Air
Force
Base
in
Nebraska;
Patrick
Air
Force
Base
in
Florida;
and
Port
San
Antonio
in
Texas.

Pentagon
officials
conducted
pitch
meetings
with
each
of
the
finalists,
which
included
video
conferences
with
state
governors,
including
with
Alabama
Gov.
Kay
Ivey,
who
ultimately
delivered
the
winning
pitch.

“I
couldn’t
be
more
pleased
to
learn
that
Alabama
will
be
the
new
home
to
the
United
States
Space
Command!”
Ivey
tweeted
Wednesday.

Sources
familiar
with
the
behind-the-scenes
dynamic
told
Fox
News
that
Alabama
Sen.
Richard
Shelby,
who
until
this
past
week
was
the
Senate
Appropriations
chairman,
made
the
headquarters
a
major
focus
of
his
negotiations
during
the
appropriations
process
in
the
Senate.

Rep.
Mo
Brooks,
in
whose
district
the
headquarters
will
be
located,
freshman
Sen.
Tommy
Tuberville,
and
Cliff
Sims,
a
senior
intelligence
official
and
former
Trump
aide,
also
an
Alabama
native,
all
made
direct
pitches
to
the
White
House
and
the
Pentagon
in
favor
of
Huntsville’s
Redstone
Arsenal,
the
sources
said.

A
source
familiar
with
the
situation
also
told
Fox
News
that Florida
Gov.
Ron
DeSantis
and
Texas
Gov.
Greg
Abbott,
among
others,
made
direct
pitches
to
the
president
in
an
attempt
to
win
the
headquarters
for
their
states.

Huntsville
is
known
as
the
“Rocket
City,”
and
has
a
long
history
in
the
space
industry.

The
Saturn
V
rocket,
which
took
the
first
Americans
to
the
moon,
was
developed
at
Marshall
Space
Flight
Center
in
Huntsville
in
the
1960s.
The
aerospace
industry
has
remained
a
major
component
of
northern
Alabama’s
economy
in
the
decades
since.

At
this
point,
more
than
80
nations
operate
in
space,
and
50
countries
have
dedicated
government
budgets
for
space.

A
source
familiar
with
the
issue
told
Fox
News
that
space
has
increasingly
become
a
national
security
focus,
as
nations
like
China
and
Russia
increase
their
space
budgets
in
an
attempt
to
secure
what
national
security
professionals
call
“the
ultimate
high
ground.”

FLASHBACK:
TRUMP
PRAISES
MILITARY,
CALLS
FOR
‘SPACE
FORCE’
AS
NEW
BRANCH
OF
ARMED
FORCES 

Last
week,
Director
of
National
Intelligence
John
Ratcliffe
announced
that
the
Space
Force
will
become
the
18th
member
of
the
U.S.
intelligence
community.

Ratcliffe announced
the
designation of
the
U.S.
Space
Force
Intelligence,
Surveillance
and
Reconnaissance
Enterprise,
which
is
the
intelligence
component
of
the
Space
Force.

The
Space
Force
intelligence
element
is
the
first
new
organization
to
join
the
intelligence
community
since
2006,
when
the
Drug
Enforcement
Administration’s
Office
of
National
Security
Intelligence
joined.

The
move,
according
to
the
Office
of
the
Director
of
National
Intelligence
(ODNI),
will
break
down
barriers
to
information-sharing
and
ensure
that
Space
Force
leaders
have
access
to
all
intelligence
that
it
would
need
to
be
successful.

The
move
also
allows
the
intelligence
community
to
have
access
to
all
operational
space
domain
awareness
that
would
help
inform
its
analysis
of
threats
in
space.

In
his
remarks
making
the
announcement,
Ratcliffe
said
that
U.S.
intelligence
has
assessed
that
China
is
pursuing
weapons
capable
of
destroying
U.S.
satellites
where
many
critical
space
systems
reside,
and
deployed
a
ground-based
missile
intended
to
target
and
destroy
satellites
in
low-earth
orbit.

He
also
said
that
Russia
has
fielded
a
ground-based
laser
weapon
designed
to
damage
U.S.
space-based
optical
censors.

SPACE
FORCE
MEMBERS
GET
A
NEW
NAME:
GUARDIANS 

In
response,
Ratcliffe
announced
that
space
will
now
be
considered
a
“priority
intelligence
domain.”

The
Space
Force
became
the
sixth
branch
of
the
U.S.
military
last
year,
with
a
projected
size
of
16,000
troops
and
an
annual
budget
of
$15.4
billion
for
now. 

The
branch’s

responsibilities
include
“developing
military
space
professionals,
acquiring
military
space
systems,
maturing
the
military
doctrine
for
space
power,
and
organizing
space
forces
to
present
to
our
Combatant
Commands.”

President
Trump
first
called
for
the
creation
of
the
Space
Force
in

May
2018.
Trump
signed
an
order
in
December
2019
to
establish
the
branch. 


The
Associated
Press
contributed
to
this
report. 

Brooke
Singman
is
a
Politics
Reporter
for
Fox
News.
Follow
her
on
Twitter
at
@BrookeSingman.

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