Lawmakers Call on Secretary of the Air Force to “Suspend All Actions” on Space Command Relocation
Letter from Senator Bennet to Frank Kendall: “We urge you to formally suspend any action to relocate the headquarters”
WASHINGTON – Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) And other lawmakers are calling on Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall to suspend all activities related to the relocation of US Space Command from Colorado Springs to Huntsville, Alabama.
Due to “irregularities in the selection process and effects on national security, we ask that you suspend all actions related to the relocation of US Space Command until further reviews by the DoD Inspector General and the Government. Accountability Office have been completed, âsaid a September 30 letter. to Kendall signed by Bennet and several other Colorado lawmakers.
A copy of the letter was obtained by SpaceNews.
The basic Space Command decision announced by the Air Force in the final days of the Trump administration is being reviewed by the Defense Department IG and GAO at the request of Representative Doug Lamborn (R- Colo.)
Members of the state’s congressional delegation have fought back since the announcement, saying the decision was purely political and not based on objective criteria used by the Defense Department to select base locations. Bennet’s latest letter is the first direct communication with Kendall, who has been in the post since July.
The dispute took a new turn in August after former President Donald Trump told a radio host that he specifically ordered command to move from Space Force Base Peterson in Colorado to Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. This contradicted the Air Force‘s claims that the selection process followed established criteria used for military base decisions.
Kendall’s only public comment on the matter came on August 24 at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. Asked by a reporter about Trump’s comments, Kendall said, “President Trump has said a lot, a lot.”
He did not develop further. âI think either of them is definitely doable as a head office,â Kendall said of Redstone and Peterson.
Bennet’s letter to Kendall states that âsignificant evidence exists that the political considerations of the former president influenced the final decision to relocate the headquarters of the US Space Command. We urge you to formally suspend any action to relocate the headquarters until the DoD Inspector General and GAO have completed their respective investigations into the basic decision and you have completed your review.
The letter reiterates the argument made by Colorado lawmakers that the decision was not only politically motivated, but also counterproductive, as most of Space Command’s workforce and industrial base reside in Colorado. .