FLORIDA — Florida will not be the home to a Space Force. The Sunshine State did not make the cut in a short list of locations for the headquarters for a sixth branch of the U.S. military.
- No reason given why Sunshine State didn't make the list
- Other bases in consideration are in Colorado, Alabama and California
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Gov. Ron DeSantis, who was endorsed by President Donald Trump when he ran to become Florida's governor, urged Trump to place the Space Force headquarters in Florida.
However, Cape Canaveral did not make the cut. The U.S. Air Force released a list of six current candidates for the headquarters for the U.S. Combatant Command for Space, and Florida is not on it.
There are four potential bases in Colorado, one in Alabama and one in California.
It is unclear why NASA's Kennedy Space Center is not included.
In a conference call with Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez and the Space Florida Board, president of CEO of the board Frank DiBello told Nunez it's not over.
"We are still very much in the hunt as we are concerned, and we have a mandate from the governor and from you, and we are going to keep on track until we are told to stop," DiBello said.
In the end, Space Command Headquarters in the state or not, Florida will no doubt play a major role in national space security.
"I am disappointed, and if there is a chance to change their minds, that is fine. But we are still going to play a key component in the Space Force, because of our launch capabilities," said Sen Marco Rubio (R-Florida).
Congress approved the command last year after Trump pushed for it. A spokesperson for Space Florida says threats posed by Russia and China could cripple U.S. satellites in space and bring U.S. economy and communication to a standstill, and the U.S. needs to have fleets of starships as part of the country's defense.
Air Force Space Command, which already exists, is headed by Gen. John Raymond and is based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.
That is one of the six sites the U.S. Air Force is still considering and could be the reason why that location is still be considered and Florida is not.