The headquarters of the US Space Command is officially confirmed! Will permanently settle in Huntsville, Alabama. Sources said that after fierce lobbying competition among the six finalists, this was a “major victory” won by the allies of US President Donald Trump in the state. On Wednesday, January 13, the US military announced that the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama had officially become the permanent headquarters of the US Space Command.
People familiar with the matter told Fox News that the Pentagon is expected to spend several years and is expected to cost more than $1 billion to relocate the temporary headquarters of Space Command, currently located at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, to its permanent location in Huntsville, Alabama. . At that time, the source told Fox News that all US military operations in space will be coordinated and will soon open and operate the Space Command headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama.
Huntsville is one of six finalists for the Space Command headquarters, which will bring more than 1,500 jobs. Other shortlisted entries for the Space Command headquarters include: Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado; Cortland Air Force Base in New Mexico; Offat Air Force Base in Nebraska; Patrick Air Force Base in Florida; and Texas Port of San Antonio in the State of Slovakia. The Pentagon held a promotion meeting for each finalist of the Space Command headquarters, including video conferences with state governors, including a video conference with Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, and Alabama won. Referrals. Governor Ivey tweeted to celebrate the happy event: “I couldn’t be more happy to learn that Alabama will become the new home of the US Space Command!”
The headquarters of Space Command settled in Alabama, and other finalists who competed for the headquarters had no chance. A source familiar with the behind-the-scenes developments told Fox News that Senator Richard Shelby, the Republican of Alabama, served as chairman of the Senate appropriations until last week. During the Senate appropriation process, he made the headquarters the focus of negotiations. According to the source, the state’s Republican Rep. Mo Brooks, newly elected Republican senator Tommy Duville, and a senior intelligence officer also from Alabama and Trump’s former aide Cliff West Ms. Both lobbied directly to the White House and the Pentagon to support the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama to become the headquarters of the US Space Command.
The headquarters of Space Command in Alabama is a major victory promoted by Trump’s allies. Another person familiar with the matter also told Fox News that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott and others even lobbied directly to President Trump, trying to fight for their state as the headquarters of Space Command. Huntsville is called “Rocket City” and has a long history in the aerospace industry.
The Saturn 5 rocket that sent the first Americans to the moon was developed at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville in the 1960s. In the decades since, the aerospace industry has been a major part of the economy of northern Alabama. Currently, more than 80 countries are carrying out activities in space, and the government budgets of 50 countries are dedicated to space. A person familiar with the matter told Fox News that as Russia and other countries increase their space budgets in an attempt to ensure what national security professionals call the “ultimate commanding height,” space has increasingly become the focus of national security.
Just last week, the US National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe announced that this space force will become the 18th member of the US intelligence agency. Ratcliffe announced the designation of the US Space Force to be responsible for surveillance and reconnaissance intelligence, making intelligence gathering one of the important tasks of the space force. The US Space Force Intelligence Department is the first new member to join the US intelligence agency since the National Security Intelligence Office of the US Drug Enforcement Agency joined in 2006.
According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, this move will break the barriers to information sharing while ensuring that space force leaders have access to all the intelligence they need to succeed. This move also allows other US intelligence agencies to obtain operational information in all areas of space, which will help intelligence agencies analyze space threats. In his statement, Ratcliffe revealed that the U.S. intelligence agency assessed that many overseas countries are developing weapons capable of destroying the satellites where many important U.S. space systems are located, and even deployed land-based missiles designed to target and destroy U.S. low-Earth orbit satellites . Ratcliffe also emphasized that Russia has deployed a ground-based laser weapon designed to destroy the US space-based optical detector.
In response, Ratcliffe announced that space will now be considered a “priority intelligence field.” Last year, the Space Force became the sixth largest branch of the U.S. military. It is currently estimated to have 16,000 soldiers and an annual budget of $15.4 billion. The responsibilities of the U.S. space force include “developing military space professionals, acquiring military space systems, and improving the military theory of space forces.” President Trump first called for the establishment of the U.S. Space Force in May 2018. Trump signed the order to establish the branch in December 2019.