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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Congressman Advocates To Open Space Force Command Center In La.

Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham recently sent a letter to President Trump urging him to consider Louisiana as the home for a proposed Space Force headquarters. He commended the president for his efforts to advance the U.S. Space Command, and expressed his support for additional defense funding in the president’s recent budget proposal.
Abraham said Louisiana is the “ideal location” for a Space Force headquarters, because the state has a strong relationship with both the Air Force and NASA. The congressman proposed the Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City as the new site. He also noted NASA’s existing Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, which has contributed to the nation’s space program for years.
“Im a huge fan of the president’s agenda too getting this Space Command started and Louisiana should be the leading candidate for that particular arena,” Abraham stated. “This is just a match literally made in heaven for our Air Space Command to come to Louisiana, marry up with Barksdale Air force Base, and just do some good stuff.”
The Space Force would be the first new military service since 1947, and the Pentagon hopes for the program to begin in 2020.
Last week, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan defended the president’s proposed Space Force on Capitol Hill. He said funding is needed to avoid the potential of space-related threats from foreign countries.
“This is the largest research development training and evaluation budget in 70 years,” he explained. “The budget includes double digit increases in our investments in both space and cyber.”
U.S. President Donald Trump shows off a ‘Space Policy Directive’ after signing it during a meeting of the National Space Council at the White House on June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
In his proposed budget, the president requested $72.4 million dollars for a new Space Force headquarters and an additional $83.8 million to start up a Space Command program.
“The Space Force will organize, equip and train the next generation of warriors to deter aggression and defend the nation,” said President Trump. “Space — that’s the next step and we have to be prepared.”
However, the fate of the Space Force is still unclear. Congress must first approve the president’s proposed budget. If approved by Congress, the Space Force would be part of the Air Force. This is similar to how the Marine Corps falls under the administration of the Navy.

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