Despite lobbying, Sunshine State left a shortlist for the commando's new headquarters.
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – Despite pressure from Florida lawmakers to land the newest army command, the Pentagon is not considering any location in the state, according to air force documents.
Four bases in Colorado, one in California and one in Alabama are among the locations being considered, according to an air force briefing spread around the Pentagon. Defense One viewed a copy of the slide, which was first reported by CNN.
The list contains:
- Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado
- Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado
- Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
- Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
- Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado
- Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Air Force Space Command is currently located at Peterson Air Force Base. The new U.S. Space Command will initially be based there. The Air Force will conduct an assessment before the location of U.S. Space Command, according to Pentagon sources who are familiar with the decision.
Florida politicians have put pressure on the Pentagon to regard the Space Coast as the newest warfare warrant. The Air Force launches rockets from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, part of Patrick Air Force Base, nearby NASAThe Kennedy Space Center.
One of the criteria for the final location of Space Command: there must be room for a facility of 45,000 square meters, internet connections of around 1.5 gigabytes per second, near & # 39; critical space force expertise & # 39 ;, "Be together with a" space component / center "and have access to an airport that can handle the C-17 airlifter, according to the instructions.
The space command is expected to consist of 1,450 staff, including around 390 officers, 183 recruited, 827 civilians and 50 contractors, according to the briefing. The White House has Gen. Jay Raymond, the head of the Air Force Space Command, nominated to become a commander U.S. Space Command. According to the briefing, six other officers – a three star star, three two stars and an asterisk – are expected to be part of the leadership of the command.
It is unclear what will happen to the air force space command as soon as the new combat command takes shape.
Pentagon officials hope to get up U.S. Space Command in the coming months, but a legislative hurdle has delayed its creation.