US Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett, on behalf of the Office of Secretary of Defense, has selected Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama, as the preferred location for the US Space Command Headquarters.
The Department of the Air Force conducted both virtual and on-site visits to assess which of six candidate locations would be best suited to host the US Space Command Headquarters based on factors related to mission, infrastructure capacity, community support and costs to the Department of Defense.
Huntsville compared favourably across more of these factors than any other community, providing a large, qualified workforce, quality schools, superior infrastructure capacity, and low initial and recurring costs. Additionally, Redstone Arsenal offered a facility to support the headquarters, at no cost, while the permanent facility is being constructed.
Albuquerque, New Mexico; Bellevue, Nebraska; Cape Canaveral, Florida; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and San Antonio, Texas, will remain reasonable alternative locations for the US Space Command Headquarters.
The preferred and reasonable alternative locations were chosen from among 24 states that were evaluated as potential locations for hosting the headquarters.
The Department of the Air Force anticipates making a final decision for the location of US Space Command Headquarters in spring 2023, pending the results from the required environmental impact analysis.
Colorado Springs remains the provisional headquarters until the permanent location is ready to support the mission.
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