Colorado Delegation Urges Department of Defense to Headquarter U.S. Space Command in Colorado

March 12, 2019
Press Release

Colorado Delegation Urges Department of Defense to Headquarter U.S. Space Command in Colorado

Contact: Savannah Frasier (202) 225-4422

Washington D.C. – The entire Colorado Congressional Delegation and Governor Jared Polis joined together today to urge the U.S. Department of Defense to reestablish U.S. Space Command in Colorado and to use Colorado's existing space missions and assets to address emerging and transforming threats in space. In a letter to acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, the leaders tout Colorado's significant role in national security space, its strong aerospace industry, and its existing infrastructure as the ideal foundation on which to reestablish U.S. Space Command.

"As the epicenter of national security space, Colorado is the prime location to house national efforts to ensure continued U.S. technological superiority, global leadership, and capabilities in space. For these reasons, it is in the nation's best interests to base U.S. Space Command in Colorado," wrote the leaders.

The letter continued, "By reestablishing Space Command in Colorado--as it was from 1985 to 2002--the Department will capitalize on Colorado's existing military and intelligence missions and infrastructure to swiftly and comprehensively ensure space superiority over actors like Russia and China."

The leaders also invited Acting Secretary Shanahan to visit Colorado.

"As Congress awaits proposals from the Administration, we are confident building on the existing missions and assets in Colorado will be key to any effective reorganization effort. As bipartisan members of the delegation, we invite you to visit Colorado to see the unmatched potential our state has to offer as the nexus of national security space, industry, workforce, and innovation," wrote the leaders.

In the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which became law in August 2018, Congress directed the Department of Defense to establish U.S. Space Command under U.S. Strategic Command. In December 2018, President Trump signed an executive order to create U.S. Space Command separate from U.S. Strategic Command.

The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner; Governor Jared Polis; and U.S. Reps. Doug Lamborn, Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter, Scott Tipton, Ken Buck, Jason Crow and Joe Neguse.

A copy of the letter is available HERE.