San Antonio Among Six Finalists To Host US Space Command

Existing infrastructure, quality of life and politics are all likely to play a role in the military’s decision.

By Michael Marks & Shelly BrisbinDecember 29, 2020 10:38 am,

U.S. defense officials are looking for the right place for military space operations to touch down. Last month, six finalist locations were named as potential homes for U.S. Space Command headquarters. They include bases in Colorado, Alabama, Nebraska, New Mexico, Florida and Texas – San Antonio. Does Military City USA have what it takes to host the military’s newest command?

Sandra Erwin, a staff writer for Space News – Military, told Texas Standard that the new Space Command is not synonymous with the “space force” President Dontald Trump approved a year ago. 

“The U.S. Space Force is a military service,” Erwin said. “… U.S. Space Command is a unified military command where they actually conduct operations. And you have representatives from all the branches working at U.S. Space Command.”

Military leaders want to locate the new command in a large metropolitan area with existing military infrastructure and a good quality of life. 

Political considerations will likely play a role in the selection too, Erwin said.

Listen to the full interview in the audio player above. 

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