MONTGOMERY, Ala. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said Monday that she welcomes a federal review of the decision to move Space Command headquarters from Colorado to Huntsville, saying she believes it is the decision to move it to her state will confirm.
The Inspector General of the United States Department of Defense announced on Friday that it was reviewing the Trump administration's last-minute decision move US Space Command from Colorado to Alabama.
“Our state has been chosen on merit, and an independent evaluation of a decision of this magnitude will confirm this. We remain confident that, just as the Air Force discovered, the Redstone region of Huntsville will provide our warfighters with the greatest space capability at the best taxpayer value, ”Ivey said in a statement.
The United States Air Force announced last month that the new headquarters of the United States Space Command will be located in Huntsville, Alabama. The state was selected from five others vying for the project, including Colorado, where Space Command is currently located.
Space Command's role is to conduct operations such as enabling satellite navigation and troop communication and warning of missile launches. That's different from the Space Force, which is a separate military service like the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
Huntsville is home to the Army's Redstone Arsenal and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. The city's nickname is Rocket City, after Wernher von Braun and his team of fellow German-born rockets who settled there in the 1950s.
"Deep Space Exploration is part of our DNA in Alabama, from building the rockets to take humans to the moon first, to producing the Atlas V rocket that brought the Perseverance Rover to Mars last week," said Ivey.
The decision to settle in Alabama was announced in the closing days of the Trump administration, and Colorado officials were concerned that the process was flawed.
On Friday, the inspector general's office announced that it was investigating whether the move was consistent with Air Force and Pentagon policies and based on proper evaluations of competing sites.
Colorado officials welcomed the review.
"It is imperative that we think thoroughly about what, in my opinion, will turn out to be a fundamentally flawed process that focused on bean counting rather than US space dominance," said Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Republican whose district includes Space Command, previously.
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