Strong, Rogers launch investigation into delayed U.S. Space Command HQ announcement
WASHINGTON—The House Armed Services Committee is launching an investigation into the continued delays in the selection of a permanent base for the U.S. Space Command (SPACECOM) Headquarters at the request of Congressman Dale W. Strong (AL-05).
“After a delegation meeting with the Secretary of the Air Force, I had no choice but to request that House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Mike Rogers, open a formal investigation into the Biden Administration’s failure to announce a permanent location for U.S. Space Command (SPACECOM) Headquarters,” Strong stated.
“The Administration’s delay risks politicizing a process which must remain fact-based. Injecting politics into America’s basing decisions serves to do unprecedented harm to our national security. American men and women in uniform must be given the very best, not the third or fourth choice,” he continued.
Redstone Arsenal was chosen in 2019 as the preferred location after a years-long process.
“The decision was later confirmed not just once, but twice with the results of the Government Accountability Office and Department of Defense Inspector General investigations,” Strong said. “It is plain and simple: Redstone Arsenal is the best possible location to host U.S. Space Command headquarters. The Air Force’s basing process established this, and it was confirmed.
“I thank Chairman Rogers for agreeing to this investigation. The members of the House Armed Services Committee, and our service members awaiting a final basing decision deserve answers and swift action from the Air Force,” Strong added.