Air Force documents show how Alabama beat Colorado for Space Command HQ


Air Force documents show Alabama ranked higher than Colorado in 11 of 21 comparisons the government used to find the best site for the new American space command permanent seat.

The official comparisons prepared for the Congress and obtained by show why the Huntsville Redstone Dockyard is the Air Force “Preferred Location” compared to five “reasonable alternatives”.

Colorado, which beat Alabama in three of 21 categories, is one such alternative and is also home to the 1,400-person Space Command temporary headquarters. Political leaders across Colorado protested loudly that President Trump had to tip the scales. After receiving a recent briefing on the comparisons, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers called them “absolutely funny.” The Inspector General of the Ministry of Defense has opened an assessment of the proposed move.

In the process of realigning the military base, cities and states nominate themselves for military expansions and consolidations, and the Pentagon assigns each candidate one of three ranks: top third, middle third, and bottom third. . In the Space Command headquarters comparison, Alabama ranks third in nine of 21 categories. Colorado is in the top third in five categories.

Alabama ranks bottom third in three of 21 categories and Colorado ranks third bottom in 10 of 21 categories.

According to the rankings, Alabama was in the top third in the categories of available and skilled labor, with proximity to mutually supporting space organizations, space for the head office of 464,000 square feet, and parking space of 402,000. square feet, security, available childcare services, the ability to absorb headquarters employees and their families into the local transportation system, one-time infrastructure costs, overall construction costs, and the cost of accommodation for 600 soldiers traveling with the command.

By comparison, Colorado Springs, Colo. Ranked in the top third in terms of skilled workforce, mutually supporting space organizations, military housing capacity, and access to alumni support. fighters. Colorado also ranked in the top third of candidate states for the ability to transfer military spouses’ professional licenses.

Colorado was in the bottom third of 10 of 21 categories: proximity to a commercial airport, power grid capacity, medical resources, volume of transportation and traffic, cost of living, affordability of housing, point infrastructure, construction of the area, housing allowance for military personnel and the area pay civilians.

Alabama was in the bottom third in terms of the area’s ease of spousal license transfer, mobility, and compensation for civilians.

(Paul Gattis, journalist, contributed to this report)

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