Colorado’s congressional delegation today called on President Biden to halt the relocation of US Space Command headquarters from their state to Alabama pending review of a core selection process he called of “neither fair nor impartial”.
“In addition, there is significant evidence … that President Trump’s political considerations influenced the final decision,” the letter from the Colorado delegation reads.
Earlier this month, the Air Force named Huntsville Redstone Dockyard its “preferred location” for the permanent command headquarters. He has since championed the process that ranked Alabama out of five other competing states, including Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, Texas and Nebraska.
Command was placed in Colorado Springs when it was created and activated, but it was still a decision pending review leading to a permanent selection of headquarters.
Letter from the Colorado delegation initially attacked the move to Alabama as a threat to national security. Colorado is already home to “the country’s primary military and space coordination entities,” the letter said, and it is “essential to our space superiority” that they stay together.
The letter also cited what it called a “risk” of losing key personnel who did not want to move to Alabama, political influence in the decision, lack of transparency and lack of sufficient data to justify the move.
The Air Force defended its site selection process story AL.com Friday again that, “the secretary of the air force carefully considered all the contributions, the comments, the staff analysis, the best military advice, the changes in the strategic environment and what criteria of evaluation are the most important.
“Given the complexity and importance of this decision,” said the Air Force press office, “it also received comments from the National Command Authority, from the oversight committees. defense, senior commanders and functional staff experts before making a decision on the preferred location.
After considering all of this, the Air Force said Secretary Barbara Barrett chose Huntsville.
The Colorado letter was signed by Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper and Congressmen Doug Lamborn, Joe Neguse, Diana DeGetter, Ed Perlmutter, Jason Crow and Ken Buck.