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Kaitlyn Johnson, associate director of the Aerospace Security Project at CSIS discusses standing up U.S. Space Command, and what must be done to make the new component fully operational.

The United States Space Command is officially off the ground. The new command broke off from Strategic Command earlier this month, and is now in the process of achieving full operating capability. Kaitlyn Johnson, associate director of the Aerospace Security Project at CSIS, says that deciding where the new command will ultimately be based is shaping up to be a big political fight.


“It is controversial right now, as you can imagine. Anything that requires new jobs and stuff can get political. You have a lot of congressmen and senators who are very focused on ‘Where is Space Command going to be?’” Johnson said. “Right now, it is temporarily at Petersen Air Force Base as they stand it up, but there’s an option for it to move. There are currently four bases in Colorado that are under consideration, as well as one in Alabama and one in California. The odds are kind of with Colorado, but we’ll see what happens.”

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