Colorado will be home to the new U.S. Space Force

Congress approved $148 million for the Consolidated Space Operations Facility.

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The Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal year 2021 includes $88 million to complete the construction of a Consolidated Space Operations Facility at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

The CSOF was requested two years ago by the U.S. Air Force Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command to meet growing demands for secure facilities for military space operators and analysts from the intelligence community. The facility is funded in the U.S. Air Force budget and will be used by the U.S. Space Force and U.S. Space Command.

Congress in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act approved $148 million for the CSOF. A portion of the funds were appropriated in last year’s budget to pay for the design and some construction work. The $88 million requested in 2021 — as part of the Air Force $767 million military construction budget — would allow the Air Force to complete the facility by March 2022, according to budget documents.