Colorado Springs to remain home of Space Command for at least 6 years
Last updated 5/15/2020 at 1:43pm
Washington, D.C. -- Today, the Department of the Air Force and the United States Space Force announced the strategic basing decision criteria for the selection of the permanent location of U.S. Space Command. A provisional location was also announced, and Colorado Springs, Colorado will remain the home of U.S. Space Command for at least the next six years.
In response to the announcement, Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) issued the following statement:
"I am thrilled that Colorado Springs has been chosen as the provisional location for U.S. Space Command, the epicenter of national defense space in our country. We have the personnel, infrastructure, and talent pool already in place, and our space warfighters and industry partners are in our community conducting national security operations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Based on the criteria, I am thoroughly confident that Colorado Springs remains the best home for Space Command, especially as the space defense industry and space operations infrastructure in our community continue to grow. I am pleased that Secretary Barrett and General Raymond are taking this process seriously and are ensuring that we make the right decision. We owe that to both the taxpayers and the warfighters. The Secretary and the Chief have been excellent partners throughout the process, and are working to ensure that no one can challenge their final decision. I look forward to continuing to work with them as our nation reorganizes our national security space enterprise and as we continue to maintain our primacy in space throughout the 21st century."
The Department of the Air Force is allowing communities, who meet certain minimum requirements, to self-nominate through their governor’s office for consideration. Following the nomination process, the Department of the Air Force will conduct a comprehensive evaluation in collaboration with eligible communities. This process will assign a score based on the evaluation criteria listed in the attachment to this letter. Top scoring candidates will be afforded a site visit to obtain any additional information that may be required. The Department of the Air Force anticipates making a final selection for the preferred headquarters location in early 2021. Additional information on the self-nomination and evaluation process can be found at http://www.af.mil, at the U.S. Space Command Basing Nominations tab.