President signs Space Force order: A big deal for Colorado Springs
The plan for expanding the military with a U.S. Space Force is moving forward with an order signed by President Trump this week. It is a step met with approval by Colorado political and economic leaders.
Colorado Springs is already a key location for military operations in space. "We already have the Air Force Space Command here in Colorado Springs," said Congressman Doug Lamborn, "so it's a logical step. This would be a wonderful and prestigious thing for Colorado." There is no guarantee Space Force would also be headquartered in Southern Colorado, but the infrastructure already in place increases the likelihood.
"If we're the headquarters for the Space Force that can only mean economic development for Colorado Springs," said Colorado Springs Mayor, John Suthers. He says local leaders are not taking the process for granted. They know other Senators and Congressman in Washington D.C. who would love to have the military dollars going to their states.
The order signed by the president moves the process forward, but congressional approval is necessary. The Mayor thinks the plan for a Space Force is more than political posturing by either party. "I honestly believe what's driving that is the realities of the threats in the world and I don't care who the next President of the United States is, the fact of the matter is, those threats aren't going away."