Mo Brooks pitches Redstone Arsenal for Donald Trump’s new Space Command

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Alabama 5th District U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks wants Alabama’s Redstone Arsenal to be the home of the President Donald Trump‘s new Space Force.

Brooks made the suggestion Friday morning when he participated in a joint hearing entitled “Space Situational Awareness: Whole of Government Perspectives on Roles and Responsibilities,” before the Space Subcommittee of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, of which Brooks is Vice-Chair, and the Strategic Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, of which Brooks is a member.

During the hearing,  Brooks took the opportunity to opportunity to tell his influential peers of the suggestion.

“Forgive me for diverging from the primary focus of this hearing, but it occurs to me that each of you has significant persuasive influence on where the new space command will be headquartered, so I am going to touch on that for a moment,” said Brooks. “In that vein, I hope you will help make Redstone Arsenal a finalist in the space command headquarters debate. Redstone Arsenal has a lot to offer.”

Transcription of Brooks’ opening monologue:

Forgive me for diverging from the primary focus of this hearing, but it occurs to me that each of you has significant persuasive influence on where the new space command will be headquartered, so I am going to touch on that for a moment.

In that vein, I hope you will help make Redstone Arsenal a finalist in the space command headquarters debate. Redstone Arsenal has a lot to offer.

We have related to space command— either related a lot or related a little— the following space command activities: United States Army Aviation and Missile Command; Aviation and Missile Research Developmental and Engineering Center; PEO Missiles and Space; United States Army Space and Missile Command; Army Forces Strategic Command; United State Missile Defense Agency; Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center; NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, which is the home and birthplace of America’s space program; a wealth of intellectual talent; engineers, we have the highest concentration of engineers in the United States of America; physicists; mathematicians; scientists.

In conclusion, I hope you will concur that Redstone Arsenal and space command seem like an excellent fit.

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