Colorado has quickly stepped up as a challenger to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ bid to make Florida home to a “space combatant command” planned by President Donald Trump.
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, sent out a news release noting the space-based military operations already in his state and saying that should give Colorado an advantage in building the new military force.
“Colorado is uniquely positioned to support the new Space Force headquarters and it is my hope that the continued expansion of military space operations will ensure the United States maintains its position as the global leader in space,” Gardner, who sits on the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, said in a statement.
He noted a variety of operations housed at Peterson Air Force Base and Schriever Air Force Base in the state. Meanwhile, Congressman Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Republican who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, also issued a statement touting the state for the new force.
“President Trump’s recognition that space is a war-fighting domain sends a clear message to our adversaries,” Lamborn said. “The Pikes Peak region is already the epicenter of space defense and is prepared to support the president’s efforts.”
DeSantis said Tuesday that he brought up the Space Force plans with Trump while in Washington, D.C. for the White House Governor’s Dinner on Sunday.
“I have not gotten a commitment on that yet, but I think Florida would be a natural place for it,” said DeSantis, who is pitching land at Cape Canaveral for the combatant command.