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Sen. Katie Britt: Gen. Dickinson confirmed Space Command belongs in Huntsville

“General Dickinson just confirmed to us that the headquarters of U.S. Space Command belongs on Redstone Arsenal,” Britt said.

Sen. Katie Britt speaking during a committee hearing on oversight of the Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank.

Following a delegation meeting on Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Katie Britt, R-Alabama, released a statement saying that U.S. Space Command Commander General James H. Dickinson “confirmed” that the headquarters of USSPACECOM should be on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville.

“General Dickinson just confirmed to us that the headquarters of U.S. Space Command belongs on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama,” Britt said. “This is no surprise, because it’s what the facts clearly support. The White House must keep politics out of this. It’s past time for them to do what’s best for our national security.”

In Britt’s statement, she also cited a May 2022 report from the Government Accountability Office. According to the report, Redstone Arsenal was deemed to be the “strongest candidate location” for USSPACECOM following analysis from the Air Force and passing multiple evaluation phases.

Redstone Arsenal also passed a Department of Defense evaluation and an environmental review by the Air Force last year.

Back in May, NBC News reported that President Joe Biden’s administration was contemplating reversing USSPACECOM’s move from Colorado to Alabama because of Alabama’s abortion laws, according to several U.S. officials close to the discussions.

Alabama bans nearly all abortions, including in instances of incest or rape, except for cases of life endangerment.

However, the Biden administration has pushed back against these claims. They have said the standstill was due to not wanting to disrupt the Space Command by moving from its current location.

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Patrick Darrington is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected].

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