Cooper Condemns Competition for U.S. Space Command Headquarters

May 15, 2020
Press Release

NASHVILLE U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) released the following statement following the Secretary of the Air Force’s announcement of new criteria and nation-wide competition for the U.S. Space Command Headquarters.

“I am shocked by the announcement of a billion-dollar competition for a new U.S. Space Command headquarters. This is worse than a boondoggle; it's a moondoggle. This is more Trump Administration grandstanding on the Space Force and its combatant command, just in time for release of the new Steve Carell sitcom. The Pentagon is creating its own parody. It doesn't understand the money it is about to waste or the ridicule it is inviting,” Rep. Jim Cooper said. “The vision that Rep. Mike Rogers and I had for the Space Corps was a lean and agile organization that repurposed Air Force funds to protect U.S. assets in space, not create another bureaucracy with an edifice complex. There are only a handful of states that have the qualifications to compete for Space Force and SPACECOM HQ, so to tempt 45 other states during a time of record unemployment is senseless and cruel. Some states might even try to use pandemic funding to compete for the new headquarters.”

U.S. Space Command was stood-up on August 29, 2019. It is temporarily headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.