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Biden defense secretary backs Space Command HQ process

President Biden’s secretary of defense today publicly backed the Air Force “decision-making process” that named Alabama the best site for the permanent headquarters of the U.S. Space Command.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin “communicated to Air Force leaders that he supports their decision-making process about the preferred location of Space Command headquarters,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said in a statement today.

Austin’s statement follows an announcement Feb. 19 that the Defense Department’s inspector general will begin a probe of how Huntsville’s Redstone Arsenal was picked as the best site. That probe came after political leaders in Colorado asked for a review. Colorado is site of the command’s temporary headquarters and a finalist to be its permanent home.

Kirby said Austin, an Alabama native, “understands they will not make a final decision until 2023, and he looks forward to staying informed as they work through those deliberations.”

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey also issued a statement today welcoming the review. Ivey said her state is confident the decision was based on merit.

Former Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett announced Jan. 13 that the service was recommending that U.S. Space Command be relocated from Colorado’s Peterson Air Force Base to Huntsville.

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