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‘Additional analysis’ ordered for Space Command decision

WASHINGTON — The Air Force has called for “additional analysis” of the decision on the future site of the U.S. Space Command.

This latest announcement over the two-year long process has raised concerns around Redstone Arsenal and the Huntsville area.

And that includes Sen. Tommy Tuberville.

At a recent symposium, Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall said the new analysis is to make sure “we got this right.”

“I hoped to make a decision and make an announcement earlier,” he said, according to military.com. “We’re doing some additional analysis; we want to make very sure we got this right and have a well defended decision.”

Tuberville (R-Auburn) responded Wednesday at his weekly teleconference

“You never know how to take it because after we’ve gone through two or three of these reviews,” he said. “And we continue to pass all of these reviews, I am meaning the Redstone Arsenal passes all these reviews with flying colors.

“Then it seems to be almost we want another review.”

The process has been delayed due to protests from the Colorado congressional delegation. The current headquarters of Space Command is at Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado.

In studies that wrapped up last year to determine the right location, Redstone Arsenal has come out on top; Peterson was not among the top three.

“We don’t know the direction that they’re going to go in,” Tuberville said. “They might be reaching for straws here. I’ve talked with Secretary Kendall of the Air Force. I know he’ll do the right thing at the end of the day. It just matters when.

“We’ll have to wait and see.”

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