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DoD Inspector General investigating decision to move Space Command

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Department of Defense's Inspector General has announced an investigation into the decision to move US Space Command from its temporary headquarters in Colorado Springs to a permanent location in Huntsville, Alabama.

This announcement comes after reports that the decision was based on political motivations by former President Donald Trump at the end of his presidency. Trump had announced in mid-January that Space Command would move to Huntsville, despite many reports indicating that the Air Force preferred keeping it in Colorado Springs.

According to a statement from Colorado Springs Congressman Doug Lamborn's office, the IG is specifically going to evaluate whether or not the Air Force and DoD complied with policies during the selection process, if the Air Force "used objective and relevant scoring factors to rank the six candidate locations," and if the Air Force "calculated the cost and other scoring factors accurately amongst the six candidate locations."

Huntsville was one of the six finalists, along with Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.

A high-level source told KRDO under the condition of anonymity that former President Trump made the decision to reward Alabama's Congressional representatives and Senators amid the then-ongoing impeachment trial.

Since the announcement, Rep. Lamborn and other members of Colorado's delegation have called on President Joe Biden to review the decision.

"It is imperative that we thoroughly review what I believe will prove to be a fundamentally flawed process that focused on bean-counting rather than American space dominance," Lamborn said in a statement sent late Friday. "I will continue working to ensure that this decision was made with neither political bias nor arbitrary and inappropriate metrics which will ultimately materially damage our national security and hamper Space Command’s critical mission.”

In the meantime, Space Command will stay at Peterson AFB for at least the next half-decade, thanks to an agreement made in May 2020.

Andrew McMillan

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  1. The best thing that could happen to the Springs is to get these kinds of jobs out of town.

    1. Those “kinds of jobs” would restore some of the stability to the job market that our town hasn’t seen for a long time, since the decline of the high tech boom.

  2. “the IG is specifically going to evaluate whether or not the Air Force and DoD complied with policies during the selection process, if the Air Force “used objective and relevant scoring factors to rank the six candidate locations,” and if the Air Force “calculated the cost and other scoring factors accurately amongst the six candidate locations.””
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    That would make for an informed decision, rather than Trump’s “gut feel” which screwed up so many random decisions during his presidency.

  3. Fine with me if they move to Alabama. Housing here is high enough and the roads are overcrowded. This will just add more people to an already overcrowded area.

  4. “A high-level source told KRDO under the condition of anonymity that former President Trump made the decision to reward Alabama’s Congressional representatives and Senators amid the then-ongoing impeachment trial.”
    I didn’t know KRDO had high-level connections like this. With making statements like this without having the ability to confirm or deny, how is this not reporting hearsay?
    Though I don’t doubt this is what occurred, if a CI wants to leak info to the local news media outlet, until their statements can be substantiated or verified from another source or evidence, the CI really isn’t helping anyone.

  5. Nice farewell gift the grifter former president gave Colorado Springs. A big middle finger! Thanks for nothing!
    Ironic, amusing, but sadly typical, that Democrats always have to come in and clean up the messes left by Republicans. The disasters and losses created by LoserTrump will take decades to recover from.
    Nice to be able to ask for a reasoned “second look,” isn’t it?
    One month in. Not magical, but certainly refreshing.

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