DENVER (AP) — The Division of Protection’s inspector basic introduced Friday that it was reviewing the Trump administration’s last-minute resolution to relocate U.S. Space Command from Colorado to Alabama.
The choice on Jan. 13, one week earlier than Trump left workplace, blindsided Colorado officers and raised questions of political retaliation. Trump had hinted at a Colorado Springs rally in 2020 that the command would keep at Peterson Air Drive Base in Colorado Springs.
However the man with whom Trump held that rally, Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, misplaced his reelection bid in November, and Colorado, not like Alabama, voted decisively towards Trump. The Air Drive’s last-minute relocation of command headquarters to Huntsville, Alabama — house of the U.S. Military’s Redstone Arsenal — blindsided Colorado officers of each events, who’ve urged the Biden administration to rethink the choice.
On Friday, the inspector basic’s workplace introduced it was investigating whether or not the relocation complied with Air Drive and Pentagon coverage and was primarily based on correct evaluations of competing places.
Colorado officers of each events had been thrilled. “It’s crucial that we totally evaluate what I imagine will show to be a basically flawed course of that targeted on bean-counting fairly than American area dominance,” stated Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Republican whose district consists of Space Command.
The state’s two Democratic U.S. senators, Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, additionally hailed the probe. “Transferring Space Command will disrupt the mission whereas risking our nationwide safety and financial vitality,” the senators stated in a joint assertion. “Politics haven’t any position to play in our nationwide safety. We totally assist the investigation.”
Amongst different duties, the Space Command allows satellite-based navigation and troop communication and gives warning of missile launches. Additionally primarily based at Peterson are the North American Aerospace Protection Command, or NORAD, and the U.S. Northern Command.
The Space Command differs from the U.S. Space Drive, launched in December 2019 as the primary new navy service for the reason that Air Drive was created in 1947.
The Space Command isn’t a person navy service however a central command for military-wide area operations. It operated at Peterson from 1985 till it was dissolved in 2002, and it was revived in 2019.
The Air Drive accepted bids from places for the command when it was revived and was contemplating six finalists, together with Huntsville, when Trump hinted it’d keep in Colorado Springs.
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