Space Command HQ benefits Colorado universities, scientists and aerospace engineers, officials say
Colorado’s universities and its strong aerospace workforce are part of the latest pitch to keep Space Command’s headquarters in Colorado. This time it comes from Representative Joe Neguse and leaders of Colorado’s higher education community.
They all wrote Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin and Sec. of Air Force Frank Kendall to highlight Colorado research labs and scientists that would benefit Space Command.
“Colorado universities have been training and nurturing this talented pool of aerospace engineers and scientists for decades,” writes Neguse. “As a former regent of the University of Colorado system, I have seen firsthand the important work our universities do to develop and sustain a strong aerospace workforce and I believe Colorado remains the best place for this work to continue.”
Neguse pointed out that Colorado has the second-largest aerospace economy and workforce, and that maintaining Space Command at Peterson Space Force Base would help protect national security.
Neguse’s letter echoes the sentiments of more than 20 university leaders, who also wrote to the two military leaders highlighting the state’s research capabilities.
“Our institutions are at the forefront of the country’s cutting-edge space research, including the study and advancement of knowledge of our Earth systems as well as the study of low Earth orbit and beyond,” they said. they wrote. “Addressing areas of strategic importance, including space domain awareness, unmanned aircraft systems, propulsion, remote sensing and cybersecurity, etc., enables our faculty researchers to help efforts at Pentagon and on the front lines to keep us safe and protect our way of life.”
They offered to accommodate them at one of their institutions on any future visits to the state.
This is the latest attempt by heads of state to convince the Biden administration to reconsider the decision to found the permanent headquarters of Space Command. Former President Donald Trump reportedly decided to move headquarters to Alabama, on the recommendation of his military leaders to keep headquarters in Colorado Springs.
Members of the Colorado congressional delegation believe that the findings of the GAO inspector general’s report will show that the methodology of the basic ruling was flawed.
This report has not yet been made public.