The Air Force has narrowed its candidates for the installation to serve as headquarters for U.S. Space Command down to six bases, according to a recent service news release. This combatant command was approved by the U.S. Congress in 2018; in December 2018, President Donald Trump directed its establishment as the 11th functional Unified Combatant Command. The candidate locations include Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado; Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado; Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado; Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado; and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The Air Force must now complete site surveys and analysis of each candidate location for its ability to meet mission requirements, capacity, environmental impact and cost criteria. The service expects to approve the preferred location this summer, which will be followed by an environmental analysis. Read more at AF.mil.
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