How politics is playing a role in basing decision for Space Command Headquarters | Space

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” This language in the 10th Amendment to the Constitution clearly states one of the pillars of the founding of the United States of America — the principle of states’ rights. The Alabama delegation’s fight for the United States Space Command headquarters in Huntsville demonstrates a case study of President Biden’s disregard for states’ rights and the sanctity of life. 

Space Command (SPACECOM), a Combatant Command separate from the military services, maintains responsibility for U.S. military operations in the space domain. Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., serves as SPACECOM’s temporary headquarters while the Department of the Air Force conducts the strategic basing process to determine the permanent location. In January 2021, the secretary of the Air Force announced Huntsville, Ala., as the preferred location for SPACECOM’s headquarters based on merit. Reviews by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Department of Defense (DOD) Inspector General reinforced the process. 

Despite this, NBC recently reported that the Biden administration intends to halt plans to move SPACECOM’s headquarters to Alabama due to “the state’s restrictive abortion laws.” The report follows a Washington Post article outlining the White House’s intention to reverse the relocation plan to Huntsville based on national security concerns; however, any level of scrutiny unveils the national security concern as a red herring argument. 

The Commander of SPACECOM, Army General James Dickinson, disclosed to members of Congress from the Alabama and Colorado delegations that moving the headquarters does not pose a national security threat, nor does moving it stand to disrupt current or future operational capability. Not only will the new location sustain…

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