The U.S. Air Force has selected six locations as candidate bases to potentially host the headquarters for United States Space Command, the Secretary of the Air Force (SECAF) announced.
The six candidate locations announced are:
•Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado
•Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado
•Peterson AFB, Colorado
•Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
•Schriever AFB, Colorado
•Vandenberg AFB, California
The next step will be to complete site surveys and analysis of each candidate location for its ability to meet mission requirements, capacity, environmental impact and cost criteria. The Air Force expects to approve the preferred location during the summer of 2019, which will be followed by an environmental analysis.
The U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM) was approved by the U.S. Congress in 2018, and the President of the United States, Donald Trump, directed its establishment as the eleventh functional Unified Combatant Command in December 2018.
In March this year, Trump nominated Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond to the Senate as the Commander of USSPACECOM. If confirmed, and upon establishment of USSPACECOM, Raymond will remain dual-hatted as Commander, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) based at Peterson Air Force Base (Peterson AFB), Colorado.
The USSPACECOM will focus on conducting all joint space warfighting operations, and ensuring the combat readiness of U.S. forces.